Bugayev was born on November 12 (25) 1919 in the Odinkovka Dnipropetrosk Region. In 1936, Bugayev served the Navy fleet where
he participated in artisitic events. He also sang
in the Song and Dancing Ensemble of the Black Sea fleet.
He studied singing during 1943-46 at the Leningrad conservatory with
Sofya Vladimirovna Khekimyan Akimova-Ershova
(March 15 (27), 1887 Tbilisi, Georgia - January 16, 1972 Saint Petersburg, CCCP).
Bugaev became a soloist
at the Kirov/Mariinski in 1945 ( According to the
Website of the Mariinsky History 1946) and made his debut as Vladimir (Prince Igor). He sang there until the mid 1960s.
Among his roles were;
Gvidon, Sinodal, Alfredo, Duca, Lensky, Dubrovsky, Almaviva, Faust,
Shchyepin-Rostovsky, Vaïnonen, Riccardo, Shuisky, Bomely ....
Bugayev went on tour to Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Holland.
Since 1965, Buagyev teaches singing the Conservatory in Leningrad.
He recorded very little.