Chaliapin as Mephistopheles

Chaliapin as Mephistopheles, originally uploaded by Coilhouse.

Famed Russian singer Fyodor Chaliapin as Mephistopheles. Chalyapin was known for his deep baritone and powerful on-stage presence, but in this image is something incredibly comical, he’s almost apologetic.

One Response to “Chaliapin as Mephistopheles”

  1. wrayb Says:

    Ah, Chaliapin. He would surprise when ever he could. Yes, maybe impish could be the expression. Fun loving yet still a threat.