Vitting was born in St. Petersburg on July 8 (20), 1884. During
the period 1895-1900, he studied business.
Vitting studied singing at the Petersburg conservatoire
with Gabel, and further studied with Liubimov and the tenor Klementiev.
Vitting studied in Milan with Delfiume.
In 1906, he made his debut in Piacenza as Edgardo, and then sang
in Milan and Parma.
After returning to Russia, he was hired by the
National house (1909).
During 1909-1917, Vitting was at the Mariinski ((debut as
Sobinin on August 30, 190 with P. Pavlov, M. Kovalenko, E. Zbruyeva, conducted by Nápravnik); last performance as Pinkerton on December 28, 1917 with
E. Popova, M. Karakash conducted by A. Coates).
In 1913, he sang in Kazan. From 1918, he lived
in Riga, where he was one of the organizers of Opera Hiuse where he sang until 1940.
Vitting toured England, France (1924-26, 1934), Monaco, Spain (1924-26, 1932, 1934, Madrid, Barcelona),
Italy ((1924-26, 1932), Berlin (1928), Yugoslavia (Belgrade, 1929-1931, Zagreb and
Ljubljana), Rumania (1932, Bucharest), USA (1933, 1933/36, New York, Philadelphia), China (1929,
Harbin, Shanghai), Japan (1929), Czechoslovakia (1934), Finland, Lithuania, Estonia.
He sang in Odessa (1926), Sverdlovsk (1927-28), and Tbilisi (1927).
His last appearance took place into 1946 in Riga as Eléazar.
His repertory included:
Troubadour (Gudi ros (The miracle of roses by P. Schenk, 1913), Erik, Pinkerton,
Erekle (Izmyena (The treason by Ippolitov-Ivanov), Indian Guest, Sadko, German, Sinodal, José,
Sobinin, Finn, Bayan, Vladimir Iogoryevich, Grigori, Ruald (Rogneda),
Eléazar, Radames, Loris, Siegmund, Tannhâuser, ...
His partners included:
G. A. Bosse, E. A. Bronskaya, M. I. Zakrevskaya, N. G. Zubarev, V.
I. Kastorskiy, N. M. Lanskaya, L. Lipkovskaya, V. I. Losev, G. S. Pirogov,
G. V. Pustovoyt, A. V. Smirnov, G. P. Ugrinovich, I. F. Philip, M. B.
Cherkasskaya, F. I. Shalyapin, ...
Conductors he sang under include: K. Altani, A. Bernardi,
F. M. Blumenfeld, M. M. Ippolitov- Ivanov, G. Kazachenko, A. Kouts, E. F.
Napravnik, A. M. Pazovskiy, I. O. Palitsyn, D. I. Pokhitonov, I. V. Pribik,
N. Rimsky -Korsakov, V. I. Suk, A. Toscanini, ...
From 1920, together with his appearances in opera, he taught at the Riga Conservatory
(up to 1926 and then during 1940-50 (Professor in 1947), during 1936-40 at the Lithuanian National Conservatory
in kaunas, during 1950-59 at the Minsk Conservatory. Among his students were:
I. Bushkin, N. D. Vorvule] (1939-54), V. I. Glushakov (? - 1956), P.
P. Gravelis, Kazis Vintso Gutauskas (? -?),
M. A. Zyuvanov (? -?), Ya. V. Ivanov (1947-50), V. Y. Lubyanoy (1951-53), R.
Osipenko, A. Samoryadov, I. K. Yakimets (1951-56), ...
He recorded more than 80 records
made during 1910-1934: Muztrest, Gramophone, Pathé, RAOG, and Amour.
Together with M. N. Karakash, he sang duets of Carmen and
Vitting died on August 10, 1959 in Minsk.