Feodor Chaliapin (1873 – 1938) was the most famous Russian opera singer of the 20th century. The possesor of a large and expressive bass voice, he is often credited with establishing the tradition of naturalistic acting in his chosen art form.
During the first phase of his career, Chaliapin endured
strong competition from three other great basses, namely, the rich-voiced Lev Sibiriakov, the more lyrical Vladimir Kastorsky , and Dmitri Buchtoyarov, whose voice lay between the extremes exemplified by Sibiriakov and Kastorsky. The fact that Chaliapin is far and away the best remembered of this magnificent quartet of rival basses testifies to the magnetic power of his personality, the acuteness of his musical interpretations and the vividness of his performances.
-Wikipedia, Feodor Chaliapin
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