Boris Shtokolov was born in the city of Kuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast (USSR). In 1949 he entered the Ural State Conservatory in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) but wanted to became a military pilot. Georgy Zhukov, having heard his singing, said: "There are many guys like you in aviation, but in opera singing you are unique". In 1950 and 1951, he was singing at the Sverdlovsk Philarmonic Society before he became a soloist at the Sverdlovsk Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1959, he was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre in Leningrad where he gained world fame as a leading soloist from 1959 to 1989. At the Mariinsky Theater he sang a great number of roles, such as Ruslan, Don Basilio, Boris Godunov, Ivan Susanin, the title role in Anton Rubinstein's The Demon, Prince Gremin, Mefistofele, and many others.
Boris Shtokolov also was a prominent theorist of opera singing and respiration techniques. In 1995 he published a book Burn, burn, my star: How to sing.
- People's Artist of the USSR (1966)
- State Prize of the USSR (1981)
- Order of Lenin
- Order of the October Revolution
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour (twice)
- Order of the Patriotic War (2nd class)
- Honorary member of the Slavic Academy
- A short biography in Russian: http://www.biograph.comstar.ru/bank/shtokolov.htm
- Extracts from Shtokolov's memoirs and works about him: http://www.solovki.ca/people_18/shtokolov.htm
- Article on Shtokolov in Saint Petersburg English Newspaper (in English): http://www.nevanews.com/index.php?id_article=18§ion=5
- Boris Shtokolov on YouTube: http://www.softpanorama.org/Links/Russian/Culture/Music/Male_singers/boris_shtokolov.shtml
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