Ivan Rebroff

For the Kyrgyz politician, see Ivan Rebrov.
Ivan Rebroff
Background information
Birth name Hans-Rolf Rippert
Born (1931-07-31)31 July 1931
Berlin, Germany
Died 27 February 2008(2008-02-27) (aged 76)
Frankfurt, Germany
Genres International music, folk music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Ivan Rebroff
Ivan Rebroff

Ivan Rebroff (31 July 1931  27 February 2008) was a German singer, allegedly of Russian ancestry,[1] with an extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves, ranging from the soprano to bass registers.[2]

Life and career

Rebroff was born in Berlin as Hans-Rolf Rippert. He studied singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Although his knowledge and pronunciation of Russian were not perfect, he became famous for singing Russian folk songs, but also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries. He was known on stage for his gusto. He performed over 6,000 concerts in his career, including a two-year seven-day-a-week stint at the French opera, singing and acting, among other greats, the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Rebroff still performed 12 shows in 14 days when he was well into his seventies, such as on an Australian tour.

Ivan Rebroff described himself as international, the "connection between East and West". He became a citizen of Greece and lived on the Greek island of Skopelos in the Sporades.

He died in Frankfurt after a long illness. Four days after his death, his brother Horst Rippert, who is nine years his senior (and by his own unsubstantiated accounts shot down Antoine de Saint Exupéry during World War II), claimed part of Ivan's vast fortune.[3]

LP Discography

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CD Discography




Compilation albums


  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/apr/18/obituaries.culture
  2. The Guinness book of records, 1993
  3. "Heimlicher Bruder will Millionen-Vermögen" (29/2/09) in Aktuelle Nachrichten - Bild.de

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