In 1951, he became a soloist at the Bolshoj,
where he was mainly a comprimario tenor.
His repertory included: Lenskij, Lykov, Bajan, Simpleton.
He was especially successful as Misail, Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Triquet, Manilov.
He sang and recorded songs by the leading Soviet composers, many of them for the first time.
He retired from the Bolshoj in 1982, and died in 1993.