Boris Shtokolov

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Shtokolov, Boris Timofeevich


Born Mar. 19,1930, in Kuznetsk. Soviet Russian singer (bass). People’s Artist of the USSR (1966).

Shtokolov graduated from the Urals Conservatory in Sverdlovsk in 1954. He apprenticed at the Sverdlovsk Theater of Opera and Ballet from 1951 until 1954, when he became a soloist. In 1959 he became a soloist at the S. M. Kirov Theater of Opera and Ballet in Leningrad.

Shtokolov, a leading Soviet vocalist, possesses a beautiful, expressive voice and portrays his characters vividly and convincingly. His roles have included the Miller in Dargomyzhskii’s The Mermaid, Susanin and Ruslan in Glinka’s Ivan Susanin and Rustan and Liudmila, Godunov and Dositheos in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, the title role in Rubinstein’s The Demon, Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mephis-topheles in Gounod’s Faust, Don Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Andrei Sokolov in Dzerzhinskii’s The Fate of a Man. He also performs on the concert stage and has toured abroad.

Shtokolov has been awarded two orders and several medals.