Died: April 12th, 1938
Feodor Chaliapin was the first Russian singer to establish a great international reputation. He was to a great degree self-taught. In developing his performance style, he studied actors and painters as well as singers.
He was known for his exuberance in life, as well as on the stage, and for his carefully thought-out performance of his roles. He was a perfectionist with regard to his makeup, costumes, dramatic and musical preparation, and was very attentive to the staging of shows he performed in. He was more actor than singer in his approach to opera, and he used this same approach on the concert stage.
Chaliapin remained in Russia for a while after the revolution (he thought of himself as a man of the people and was therefore basically sympathetic to socialist aspirations), but eventually found the Communist regimentation as distasteful as the Romanov, and he subsequently emigrated. He went into exile in 1922 and was denounced as an "anti-revolutionary" and deprived of all his Russian property and titles.
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