Chernov, Vladimir, Russian baritone; b. Moscow, Sept. 22, 1953. He received training at the Moscow Cons, (graduated, 1981) and at the opera school at Milan’s La Scala. He won prizes in the Tchaikovsky (Moscow, 1982), Bussetto (1983), and Helsinki (Tito Gobbi prize, 1984) competitions. In 1983 he became a member of the Kirov Theater in Leningrad, where he excelled in the baritone repertoire. In 1985 he made his first tour of England and Ireland as a soloist with the Moscow Radio Sym. Orch. His U.S. debut followed in 1988 when he sang Marcello with the Opera Co. of Boston. In 1990 he appeared as Figaro at London’s Covent Garden. He sang Posa at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. in 1992. In 1995 he made his debut at Milan’s La Scala as Stankar in Stiffelio. In 1996 he appeared as Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera, and returned there in 1997 as Eugene Onegin. His guest engagements also took him to many other leading opera houses in Europe and North America. In addition to the Russian repertoire, Chernov has won special praise for his roles in the Italian and French repertoire.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire