(b Kharkiv, 14/26 July 1871; d Moscow, 8 Aug 1941). Russian tenor. He studied with Stanislaus Gabel at the St Petersburg Academy and sang in the chorus of the Mariinsky Opera. There he made his début as a soloist in 1897, remaining until 1911 and singing in a wide repertory which included Lohengrin and Don José as well as the Russian operatic roles. In 1902 he created Afer in Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's Servilia; in 1907 he created Vsevolod in The Invisible City of Kitezh and undertook a recital tour through eastern Russia to Japan. From 1912 to 1924 he was a leading tenor at the Bol'shoy in Moscow, where he appeared in such diverse roles as Radames and Almaviva. In 1920 he was appointed professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and at the time of his death was principal vocal coach at the Bol'shoy. His recordings include some brilliant performances and also show him to have been a creative stylist.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.