• People's Artist of the RSFSR
• Recipient of the State Prizes of
Leonid Vasilievich Baratov was born in Moscow
in 1895. He trained at the law faculty of the Moscow State
From 1918 he was an actor in Yevgeny Vakhtangov´s studio and
from 1920-1922 at the 2nd
Studio of the Moscow Arts
From 1922 he was an actor and director at the Music Studio of
the Moscow Arts Theatre, later renamed the Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical
From 1931-1936 and 1944-1956 he was a director
(from 1944-1949 principal director) at the Bolshoi, where he staged
operas including Mazepa, The Queen of Spades, Ivan Susanin, Boris
and Nikita Vershinin
From 1936-1938 he
was a director with the Sverdlovsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
From 1938-1943 he was a director with the Leningrad Theatre of
Opera and Ballet, where he staged the operas Into the Strom,
and Yemelyan Pugachev
From 1950-1959 he
was principal director of the Moscow Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre,
where he staged the operas The Taras Family
and War and
From 1926 he engaged in teaching at various academic
institutions (among them the MKhAT studio school and the All-Russian
State Institute of Cinema).
Professor at the State Institute of Theatre
Arts from 1947. His students include Sokovnin and Mikhailov.
Baratov died in Moscow in 1964.