12 April: Tribute to Fyodor Shalyapin

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Fyodor Shalyapin

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Fyodor Shalyapin (13 February 1873 – 12 April 1938) was a Russian opera singer who was one of the most celebrated basses of the 20th century.

Life and Career

He was born on 13 February 1873, in the village of Novyi Uzen’ in Russia, he showed an early talent for singing and began his career as a church choirboy.

Shalyapin began his professional career as an opera singer in 1890, performing in various theaters in Russia. He quickly became known for his rich and powerful voice and was soon in demand throughout the country. He made his international debut in Paris in 1906, where he received critical acclaim and was soon performing in opera houses around the world.


Shalyapin was particularly noted for his interpretation of the roles of Boris Godunov, Ivan Susanin, and Mephistopheles, and his voice was well-suited to the Russian operatic repertoire. He also performed in a number of concerts and recitals and recorded a number of albums, which helped to establish him as one of the greatest singers of his time.

In addition to his musical career, Shalyapin was also politically active and used his fame to raise awareness of social and political issues in Russia. He was a strong supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution and used his concerts to raise money for various causes.

Shalyapin continued to perform and tour throughout his life and remained active in the opera world until his death on 14 April 1938. He is remembered today as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, and his contributions to the art form continue to be celebrated.

Award and Legacy

Fyodor Shalyapin received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime for his contributions to the world of opera. In 1916, he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Republic by the Russian government, and in 1923 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French government.

Shalyapin’s legacy as one of the greatest opera singers of all time has continued to be recognized and celebrated. He is remembered for his powerful and distinctive voice, as well as his exceptional musical interpretations of the works he performed. His recordings, which remain widely available, continue to be listened to and enjoyed by audiences around the world.

Shalyapin’s impact on the world of opera has been widely acknowledged, and he is considered one of the great influences on the development of Russian opera. He is remembered for his powerful performances, his dedication to the art form, and his commitment to social and political causes.

In recognition of his contributions to the world of opera, a number of memorials and monuments have been erected in his honor, and numerous music schools and cultural organizations have been named after him. He remains an important figure in the history of Russian culture, and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and opera lovers.


On 13 Feb 2013, Google celebrated Fyodor Shalyapin’s 140th Birthday with a doodle.

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