Studied at School of Music and Drama, Moscow Philharmonic Society. Studied at the HistoricoPhilological Faculty of Moscow University, 1917-1918, and concurrently at the music department attached to the Moscow Philharmonic Society. Pupil of V.S. Tiutiunnik.
1919 singer, mobile Theater of Revolutionary Military Soviet. After end of Civil War sang at Belarusian Opera. 1922-1924 soloist, Moscow Free Opera (former Zimin Opera Theater).
Created number of operatic parts which have become part of hist, of Soviet opera: Susanin and Ruslan in Glinka’s “Ivan Susanin" and “Ruslan and Ludmila”. Dosifey in Musorgsky’s “Khovanshchina”. Ivan the Terrible, Dodon and Saltan in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Pskovityanka” (The Maid of Pskov), “Zolotoy petushok” (The Golden Cockerel), and “Skazka о tsare Saltane” (Tale of Tsar Saltan).
Mephisto in Gounod’s “Faust”. Stenka Razin in P. N. Triodin’s “Stenka Razin”. Lao Sin in S. N. Vasilenko’s “Syn solntsa” (Son of the Sun).
Vakulinchuk in O. S. Chishko’s “Bronenosets Potemkin” (Battleship Potemkin). Pestel in Yu. A. Shaporin’s “Dekabristy” (The Decembrists). Etc.; also sings in concerts.
Deputy, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic Supreme Soviet of 1955 convocation.