Georgy was born April 20th 1904 in the village of Bobruyki. He made his debut at the Mariinsky theatre and went on to become on of the leading lights of the Bolshoi Opera. He never sang outside Russia, in fact he was never allowed to leave the USSR and there is some rumor that he was involved in political intrigue during the infamous Stalin era. He was famous for his powerful voice, capability of singing softly and great acting ability. He did however make a number of excellent recordings although he died at the relatively early age of 52.