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Graduated from Kiev conservatory (class of E. A. Muravjova, 1929). Sang at the Kiev Opera Theater and Leningrad Kirov Opera Theater.
Was a soloist of the Bolshoj Theater (1935–1946, 1951–1953).
Started his career as a very promising young singer, who was supposed for a certain time to become a leading Bolshoj tenor. After failing
to develop his talent, he was relegated to lesser roles at the Bolshoj.
Sergej Lemeshev said about him: "He was a great professional, a great partner." The great Soviet bass Ivan
Petrov wrote in his memoirs: "Borys Bobkov was a lyrical tenor, very graceful, with greyish-blue eyes, with a kind smile. He was loved by
the public in such roles as Alfredo, Lenskij, Dubrovskij. But his career was short-lived, his voice started sounding worse, grew dim."
Bobkov was married to Aleksandra Byshevskaja, a dramatic soprano of the Bolshoj.