Dramatictenor Zinoviy Babii was born in the village
Pidsadky, Lviv region, Ukraine in 1935
He finished Lviv music college in 1954.
After college Zinoviy Babii studied in Kyiv conservatory (1954-57) and from 1957 until 1960 he performed at Kyiv Opera.
From 1960 until 1963 Zinoviy Babii performed at Lviv Opera. He performed at the stage of Lviv opera with big success many main roles including Don Jose from opera "Carmen" with Renata Babak as Carmen, Radames from opera "Aida" with Renata Babak as Amneris, and Amonasro - Ukrainian baritone Pavlo Karmalyuk with a beautiful timbre of voice and a wide range of diaposone. In that time there were many talented Ukrainian singers who started their careers at the stage of Lviv Opera. One of the best Ukrainian conductors Stefan Turchak started his career there. He conducted many operas including operas "Carmen" and "Aida".
After International Vocal competirion in Bulgaria Zinoviy Babiy was invited to Italy but it was Soviet time and...
of course he was not allower to go to Italy.
From 1963 until 1978 Zinoviy Babii performed at Minsk Opera and gave many concerts with Minsk Philarmonic (1978-84)
Zinoviy Babii's repertoire: Don Jose (Carmen), Radames (Aida),
Canio (Pagliacci), Pincerton (madam Batterfly), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Rodolfo (La Boheme), The Duke (Rigoletto), Othello, Hermann (Queen of Spades), Andriy (Zaporozhets beyound Denube), Petro (Natalka Poltavka).
He was a real dramatic tenor with an evenly attractive timbre.
His low range had baritone-like richness and his high range was bouth powerful and brilliant.