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Nicholai Ghiaurov
Birth: Sep. 13, 1929
Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Death: Jun. 2, 2004
Modena
Provincia di Modena
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Opera Singer. Bulgarian-born opera singer with a sumptuous voice who became one of the great basses of the post-World War II era. He specialized in late 19th-century works and often performed with his wife, the star Italian soprano Mirella Freni. He studied opera singing at the Sofia Musical Academy and continued his studies in Moscow. His career got off to an auspicious start when he won top prizes at opera-singing festivals in Warsaw and Paris. He made his debut at the Sofia National Opera in 1955. He performed at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Milan's La Scala, London's Covent Garden and New York's Metropolitan Opera, among other houses. His finest roles included Mephistopheles in Charles Gounod's "Faust"; Philip II in Verdi's "Don Carlo"; the title character in Mozart's "Don Giovanni"; and the title role of Boris Godunov in Mussorgsky's opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut on Nov. 8, 1965. He sang a total of 81 performances in 10 roles, last appearing on Oct. 26, 1996. (bio by: Ron Moody) 
 
Burial:
San Cataldo Cemetery
San Cataldo
Provincia di Modena
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8892103
Nicholai Ghiaurov
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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A Happy Birthday
- David Wend
 Added: Sep. 13, 2012
Rest in peace
- Ken MacLeod
 Added: Jan. 13, 2012
Birthday Greetings! Thank you for all of the wonderful talent you gave the world, you are truly missed! Bright Blessings, William
- william bondar
 Added: Sep. 13, 2011
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