•People's Artist of Russia.
•Recipient of the Golden Sofit prize (2002, 2004).
Graduated from the Saratov State Sobinov Conservatoire in 1982 and was engaged by the Saratov Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Trained at La Scala, Milan, from 1983 – 1984.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1989.
Has performed as a guest artist at the world?s leading opera houses, among them La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), and the Metropolitan-opera (New York).
His repertoire includes the lead roles in Russian and European operas, among them:
Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar),
Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila),
Boris Godunov, Varlaam (Boris Godunov),
Konchak, Galitsky (Prince Igor),
Gremin (Eugene Onegin),
Mamyrov (The Enchantress),
the Sea King (Sadko),
Salieri (Mozart and Salieri),
Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia),
Tsar Dodon (The Golden Cockerel),
Vasily Sobakin (The Tsar?s Bride),
General (The Gambler),
Faust (The Fiery Angel),
Mendoza (Betrothal in a Monastery),
Count Rostov, Kutuzov (War and Peace),
Boris Timofeyevich (Katerina Ismailova),
Grand Inquisitor, Philip II (Don Carlo),
Lindorf, Dr Miracle (Les Contes d?Hoffmann),
the King (Lohengrin).
Has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Spain, Italy, France, Scotland (Edinburgh Festival), Finland, Israel, the USA (Metropolitan-opera), Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Recordings include The Fiery Angel, Sadko, The Queen of Spades, La forza del destino, Betrothal in a Monastery, Iolanta, Prince Igor and Shostakovich?s Thirteenth and Fourteenth Symphonies.