Shulman was the son of Boruch Leib Schulman (1870- 1963).
Shulman finished college in Odessa. He graduated from the Odessa High School, studied singing at the Odessa Opera with V. Selyavin(
Viktor Alekseyevich Selyavin (1875–1945) was a leading
tenor of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater.
He is often referred to as Odessa's Sobinov.
His repertoire included the tenor roles of most major operas,
but he is best known for his interpretion of Lensky).
In 1920 Viktor Selyavin was appointed professor at the Conservatory of Odessa. In the 1930s he was also director of the Odessa
Opera and Ballet Theater),
then went on his advice to continue his studies in Moscow, where he sang in amateur ensemble and studied singing with D. Gorin.
Shulman started performing in 1923. In 1924, Shulman
made his first tour with the brigade union of artists (Rubis) in Ukraine.
Shulman gave his first solo concert in Odessa during March 1925 with a Jewish program of songs and ballads.
In 1929, after a contest before a commission headed by Secretary Rubis F. Kohn (Konom) (1864-1941),Shulman was included in a group
of young singers, chosen to finish their training in Italy. However the trip was canceled. Shulman studied at the State Institute
for Theatrical Arts in Music and Drama, graduating in 1934.
During 1934-35, Sgulman was soloist with the Stanislavsky (now Musical Theatre named after Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko).
In 1935, Shulman dedicated his life to exclusively collecting and performing Jewish songs, including a program of opera arias in
The programs consisted of poems by Markinsh, Feffer, S. Galkina set to music by Jewish composers M. Weinberg , L. Kogan, H.
Kompaneets , L. Pulver and others.
In 1939, he won the first National Contest for Variety Artists (Moscow). During the war, Shulman sang in concert for the front
line soldiers and in army hospitals, as well as four concerts in Moscow, organized by the Jewish Antifascist Committee. He was extremely popular with the
public, including non-Jews.
In 1948 at a concert in Moscow, Shulman met Golda Meir (then the Israeli ambassador to the CCCP), and a few days later,
at her request, he performed at the Moscow Choral Synagogue Kaddish and El Maleh Rahamim for victims of the Holocaust.
In 1949, after a concert in Kislovodsk, Shulman was arrested. At a closed hearing in Kiev , he was accused of Jewish nationalism
and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. In 1956 he was rehabilitated and returned to Moscow and resumed his concert schedule.
He participated in the productions of the Moscow Jewish Drama Ensemble (see History of Jewish Theatre, Jewish theater in the Soviet
Union (1954-91) and post-communist Russia Moscow Jewish dramatic ensemble), performing Jewish folk songs.
Shulman was engaged in teaching, published a Collection of Jewish songs from the repertoire of Zenobia Shulman (Moscow, 1973),
memories of Life, my song. Notes of a singer (partially published in the journal Sovetish Geymland/1969/
and Friendship of
In 1997, Shulman in Israel was posthumously awarded the title of Asir Zion (Prisoner of Zion).
Many recordings by Shulman exist. He is singing in Yiddish. We do not know of any recording of an operatic aria.