13 February 2013, 09:58

140th birth anniversary of renowned Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin

140th birth anniversary of renowned Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin

Wednesday marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of renowned Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin.

Apart from Moscow and Kazan, festivities will also be held in Ufa, where Chaliapin started his professional career.

An exhibition dedicated to Chaliapin’s creative work will open at the Ufa National Museum later this week.

The festivities will culminate in the Parade of Basses concert, due to be held at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Ufa. 

Ufa preparing to celebrate Chaliapin's birth anniversary 

Ufa, the capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, will host the main ceremonies to honor famous bass singer Feodor Chaliapin on the 140th anniversary of his birth, as decided by the all-Russian Glinka Museum Consortium of Musical Culture.

Chaliapin made his opera debut in Ufa in 1890. An exhibition called “The Magic Crystal of Feodor Chaliapin” will showcase his stage costumes and lots of other exhibits provided by Moscow museums. There will be a gala concert featuring leading bass singers from Russia and Belarus.

Visiting the Chaliapin house-museum 

It’s an amazing fact, but the singer whose recordings we are featuring today has always been listened to with tremendous appreciation even by people who are not classical music lovers! He has the power to charm even the most avid rock fans… And there is no exact explanation as to why. That is simply one of the mysteries of this remarkable singer…

As for Russians, they have always enjoyed some sort of special connection, almost blood kinship, with their illustrious compatriot - the outstanding Russian bass, Fyodor Chaliapin.

Today we are setting off to the Chaliapin house-museum in Moscow which is offering a simply remarkable exhibition, worth telling about in detail!

Google honors Chaliapin 

Google has posted a logo on its home page in honor of Fyodor Chaliapin. The Internet giant is doing so in honor of the 140th birth anniversary of the famous Russian opera singer.

The traditional Google icon on the main page of the search engine has been replaced with an image of the musician against the backdrop of well-known theater buildings where he performed.

Google has previously hosted festive logos in honor of outstanding Russian cultural figures, for example, the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova and actors Faina Ranevskaya and Yuri Nikulin.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA

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