This film tells the life story of the legendary Russian bass, Fyodor Chaliapin's. His strong tone, extraordinary resonance, and dynamic acting brought him international fame. Chaliapin was born on February 13, 1873 near Kazan, Russia. He was from a poor family and participated in a local church choir until he was accepted by the local opera company in 1890. In 1896 he became a member of the Mamontoff Opera Company where he mastered the Russian, French, and Italian roles that made him famous. Despite occasionally being considered unorthodox, Chaliapin was admired as a versatile and expressive recitalist. He starred in the movie Don Quixote and wrote the autobiographical Man and Mask: Forty Years in the Life of a Singer. He died in Paris on April 12, 1938, leaving behind an unforgettable impression on the history of 20th century opera.
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