In March 1942, Zhukov was drafted into the Red Army and
sent to the 422th Khabarovsk Infantry Division as a radio operator.
In June of that year, he fought at
Stalingrad. Later, he fought at Kursk salient (Bulge),
crossed the Dnieper, the Danube, participated in the
storming of the
Carpathians, and went on fighting to Prague.
war, Zhukov served in the newly created song and dance
ensemble of the seventh army. After transfer
to the reserve, Zhukov graduated from Lviv State Conservatory.
After graduation (1953), Zhukov was for thirty years a leading soloist at the
State Opera and Ballet Theater.
In Novosibirsk, he sang more than 40 main roles, and had a repertory of more than 500 concert pieces.
He sang at the Bolshoi, Kirov, in Odessa, Perm, Ashkhabad,
Volgograd, Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Samarkand, Vladivostok, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia, the German Democratic Republic, ....
Zhukov was a professor at the Novosibirsk State
Conservatory for singing starting in 1961.
There exists a video of the Khrennikov's V Buryu (The Storm) opera filmed in 1977 at the Novosibirsk Opera with Zhukov and Yegudin.
The cast is:
Frol Bayev - M. Deïneko
Nataliya - Z. Didenko
Andreï - Anatoly Zhukov
Aksinya - AL Myasnikova
Lenka - Vladimir Vasiliev
Listrat - W. Urbanovich
Lyonka - V. Vasilyev
Storozhev - A. Rudnik
Storozhev - A. Prudnik
Antonov - Valery Yegudin
Kosova - A. Bubnova
Afonka - I. Kruglov
Fedyusha - V. Sychev
Chirikin - I. Kosov
Lenin - G. Kostrov
Conductor: Boris Gruzin