His real name was Sobinov, and he was the brother of Leonid Sobinov.
Volgin started to study singing at the Moscow Musical Drama School in 1897. He finished in 1903 and made his debut as Lenskij at
the Moscow Private Opera (the former Mamontov Opera).
He sang almost exclusively comprimario roles, and he appeared in Kharkiv (1910), Moscow (Zimin Opera, from 1912; Aquarium Musical
Drama Theatre, 1916) and at the New Summer Stage in St. Petersburg (1917). After that, he was a member of the Mariinskij Theater.
His repertory included: Anafasij Ivanovich (Sorochinskaja jarmarka, 1917), Lysov (Orlinyj bunt
by Pashchenko, 1925), Puzanov (Za krasnyj Petrograd by Gladovskij and Prussak, 1925 – the first Soviet opera),
Jakovlev (Stenka Razin by Bershadskij, 1926),
Astrologer (Petersburg, 1909; Kharkiv, 1910), Ivan Mikhajlovich Jat (Svadba/The wedding by Ehrenberg, 1917), Blokhin (Dni
nashej zhizni/The days of our life by Glukhovtsev, 1913), Ivan Ignatyevich Zharkov (Kapitanskaja dochka/The captain's daughter by
Cui, 1914), Nick (La fanciulla del West, 1913), Kupfer (Klara Milich by Kastalskij), Faust, Vakhrameevna (Askoldova mogila/Askold's
grave), Scribe (Khovanshchina), Lenskij, Duca, Bardolfo (Falstaff), Spoletta, Third Jew (Salome), Sopel (Sadko).
In 1904, he took part in concerts of the Circle of Russian Music Lovers, where he sang romances by Glinka, Balakirev,
Rimskij-Korsakov and S. Vasilenko.
He recorded for Gramophone in Moscow (1910, 1912, 1913).
Reference: Arkadij M. Pruzhanskij, Otechestvennye pevtsy 1750–1917, vol. 2, Moscow 2000