On 4 November, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, paid tribute to the famous Bulgarian opera singer, Boris Christoff, on the occasion the 100th anniversary of his birth, at a concert organized at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris by the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to UNESCO.
“It is a great honor for UNESCO, and a special personal pleasure to pay tribute to a music icon, a genius of the dramatic arts, and certainly one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century, Boris Christoff,” said the Director-General.
“Boris Christoff was able to make lyrical music a popular art,” she continued. “If Opera is truly a ‘complete work of art’, which includes music, singing, theater, visual arts and dance, Boris Christoff deserves the title of a complete artist.”
Boris Christoff is one of the greatest opera singers (bass) of the twentieth century. His exceptional voice, his subtle interpretation of opera roles and music, together with his stage presence, made him a musical legend across the world. The centennial of his birth is part of the list of anniversaries for 2014, established by Member States, with which UNESCO is proudly associated, to celebrate eminent personalities and their worldwide significance.
At the concert the Director-General was awarded the golden medal "100 years Boris Christoff" by the counsellor of the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria for her contribution to the development and promotion of world culture.