Russian opera singer Fyodor Chaliapin is a world-class grandeur that leaves a clear mark on culture. Born in Kazan on February 13 on February 1873, he began his career singing in the Bishops' Choir and participated in extras in dramatic and operatic performances. From 1895 he was in the troupe of the Mariinsky Theater - Petersburg, and a few years later he also sang in the Bolshoi Theater.

The big bass has toured in Milan, Paris, New York, London and triumphed everywhere. However, few people know the mysterious story of his rings, which eventually led to his death.

During 1935, Shalyapin visited Sofia, where he participated in the "Boris Vazunov" and "Prince Igor" at the Ivan Vazov National Theater. For the first time, and perhaps the last (at least so far), the discerning Bulgarian audience sees an artist during a performance in two lead roles. In "Prince Igor" Chaliapin sings the roles of Prince Galitski and Khan Konchak. After him, only one other singer has afforded this luxury - the titanic Bulgarian, the great Boris Hristov, who performs Konczak and Galitski at the La Scala Theater, under the direction of Isai Dobroven.

ChaliapinThe first performance is Boris Godunov. Then Chaliapin is on 60, but he sings and plays the way thousands of young people couldn't dream. After the performance, the male choir invites Chaliapin to the Second Shumen Beer Pub, typically a Bulgarian moubet. The tables are full of brandy, mastic, salads, meatballs, kebabs and wine. And because the bass - a prominent abstainer "never drinks" - falls into the land of his dreams. Even after the second glass, the singer sings and the singer enthralls the great singer with the hussar songs. At the end of the evening, Chaliapin becomes an honorary member of the Gusla Choir.

The following evening, for variety, the banquet is at The Wide Tavern, with Chaliapin warning her from the door that everyone is his guest tonight. The menu is amazing - roast pigs, chickens, skewers, etc. by tried and tested "eternal" Bulgarian recipes. Now twinned, it comes to revelations. Per Zolotovich, who as a true aristocrat is always a little distant during a party, in one of his letters shares:

"I was very impressed by the rings that Chaliapin wore, as well as after the first performance at the Shumen beer house and here. Even as he sat down at the table, he removed from his small finger on his right hand a gold ring with a brown stone in which he seemed to have a monk's head embroidered inside and dropped it into an alcohol beaker. When he was asked why he was doing this, he laughed.

- This ring is miraculous and heals everything. As soon as I put it in my third eye, from whatever I am sick, it instantly disappears.

The other ring - continues Zolotovich - that impressed me on the same hand was a huge blue stone embroidered with the letter N. On one of the teases about the ring the singer shared:

“This is Napoleon's ring. The Emperor once gifted him to Talma because he was an exceptional actor, who in turn gave it to the great Sarah Bernard. She was very impressed with my charm and gave it to me.

In the third ring of the other hand, something very occult struck me. He was a blue sapphire engraved with a kneeling saint in front of his waist, and at his feet was the devil's head. "

the mystery of Chaliapin's three ringsChaliapin, who mainly lives in Paris and sings in the Grand Opera, has a great love affair with our singer Ilka Popova during these years. In many strange circumstances, despite her compelling story, they fall into it with the excuse that the great singer gave it to her, which of course sounds rather strange. The internet has long been debating a story related to Chaliapin, and more specifically how Isaac Babel meets the great singer in Italy, at Maxim Gorky's villa. But there, along with the three of them, attended Stalin and the NKVD chief, Strawberry, to have a cup of Russian tea. During the evening, asked if he wanted to return to Russia, the singer replied in a non-diplomatic manner. "The Bolsheviks took everything from me - home, car, villa. What should I do in Russia? ”Then Stalin stirs the sugar in the glass so loudly that the spoon rattles. "We Bolsheviks build houses, and our car factory started producing cars, and Chaliapin is, nevertheless, the pride and voice of the people."

At first glance, everything is forgotten, but when, in 1927, an Orthodox priest to Chaliapin is printed in a Russian emigrant newspaper on the occasion of his donation of thousands of francs to 5 for the benefit of poor Russian White Guard children, the following happens: the Council of People's Commissars makes a decision - "Chaliapin as a White Guard and counter-revolutionary is deprived of the title of the first People's Artist of the Republic." The heavy duty to bestow this decree on the great singer falls to Bulgarian Krustyu Rakovski, who, as a Soviet citizen tribute at the time, was ambassador of the USSR to France. Chaliapin leaves crying out of the Soviet Embassy in Paris. As a true Russian for whom the homeland is everything, he is a soul-wrecked.

In 1936, the American impresario of the singer - Solomon Gurkov gave him an invitation from Stalin to return to the USSR, but Chaliapin did not respond. With this reaction he opens the way of retribution. In the same year, Shaliapin went on tours in China and Japan, where at the same time and in the same place in China seconded JI Serebryansky - head of a special purpose group at the NKVD, created to conduct sabotage - terrorist acts and physical removal of those uncomfortable with Stalin's regime. The French pianist and accompanist of Chaliapin - Georges Degodzinski later remembers something strange. In Shanghai, the singer has a cold, which has not happened in his lifetime, and in Harbin raises nearly 40 degrees during a concert. But the miraculous ring saves him and he goes back to Paris.

During the summer of 1937, the ring disappears (presented to Ilka Popova), as a result of which the artist drops off sharply, and a green-colored bump on his forehead. He jokes: "one more and I'll be a real cuckold." When doing a blood test, it turns out that his medical history will continue to enter the hematology textbooks, the first rare case of leukemia. The opinion of all specialists is that it is either radiation or poison, since physically Chaliapin is a real colossus. It turns out that upon his return from China, Y. Serebryanski - the head of the special group was awarded the highest prize of the USSR - the Order of Lenin.

And how does the story of the rings end? Ilka Popova, who received the rings in one way or another, especially the miraculous one, causes the painful death of Chaliapin. But precious stone rings have a curse that goes on for generations. When Popova tries to marry a senior German officer in Germany, Gestapo offers her - Oswiecim or Sofia. She goes back to Sofia and the curtain on her world and European career falls behind her. And now the rings are in a safe, tucked away by their Bulgarian owner.

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