Tsar Feodor: Chaliapin in America



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In the 1920s and mid 1930s, the great Russian Opera singer Feodor Chaliapin was considered by music critics and opera fans to be the greatest Opera star of the world. This book is a meticulously documented story of Chaliapin’s performances and sojourns in North America. It is the first book of its kind about Chaliapin, written in English by an American scholar of Russian descent.

It offers a thorough description of opera performances, concerts and recitals, as well as some political and social events associated with the name “Chaliapin” during his many years of performing in North America. The main purpose of this book is to reveal the forgotten and unknown pages of Chaliapin’s life and to give a truthful historical depiction of those occurrences. (Imprint: Nova)



Part I. Exposition

1. Prologo

2. "If at first you don't succeed..."

3. Aftershock

4. The roots

5. “Äîñòèã ÿ âûñøåé âëàñòè…”

6. “È ðàä áåæàòü, äà íåêóäà…”

7. “Ritorna vincitor...”

Part II. Development. “From California to the New York Islands"

8. Season 1922-1923

9. Season 1923-1924

10. Season 1924-1925

11. Season 1925-1926

12. Season 1926-1927

13. Seasons 1928 and 1929

Part III. Reprise

14. Interlude and Tour of 1932

15. Interlude and the final tour

16. “The last Voyage…”

Part IV. CODA. Is this Life After Death?

Attachments, as compiled by J. Darsky

Appendix A. Chronology of Chaliapin’s performances and sojourns in North America, 1907-1936

Appendix B. Chronology of Chaliapin’s performances in South America

Appendix C. A list of known publications and major interviews by Chaliapin in the US



"Given Chaliapin’s status as one of the truly great operatic artists of the 20th century, the English-language literature is somewhat thin. Aside from ‘autobiographies’ in various formats, the most recent book is the late Victor Borovsky’s Chaliapin: A Critical Biography. Well illustrated and with a fine discography, it has to be considered the standard work on Chaliapin." READ MORE... - Stanley Henig

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