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Born in 1878, he sang in a church choir as a boy. From 1903 to 1905 he studied at the Moscow school for music and drama. In 1906 he joined the Zimin Opera, where he prepared his roles with P. Olenin and Emil Cooper. He made his debut as the False Dmitry in Boris Godunov, and he remained with the company until 1920, with a repertory of more than 50 roles. On the invitation of Serge Diaghilev, he sang the False Dmitry, Andrej Khovansky (Khovanshchina), and Mikhail Tucha (Ivan the Terrible) in the 1909, 1911 and 1913 seasons of Russian music in Paris and London. After singing with several Moscow opera companies, including the Bolshoi opera, (in December, 1919, at the Zimin Opera, he sang the False Dmitry in casts headed by Fedor Chaliapin), he became the director of the Aquarium Theatre. He died in 1932. He was called the Russian Tamagno, because of the power of his voice.
Cronology of some appearances
1906-1920 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera House
1909, 1911 and 1913 London
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Gramophone, Moskva 1910-01-24
(Rimsky-Korsakov): Sleep, My Beauty 022142 1920c
Gramophone, Moskva 1910-01-25
(Rimsky-Korsakov): Is she asleep? withV.
Gramophone, Moskva 1910-02-04
Nikitich (Grechaninov): Flowers were blooming 4-22087 37501
O you dark oak-grove 4-22088 37502
Gramophone, Moskva 1911-02-01
von Nürnberg (Wagner): Preislied 022133 2177c