Yevgyeni Eduardovich Vitting

July 8 (20), 1884 St. Petersburg - August 10 (or 20 or 28 depending on sources), 1959 Minsk

Picture of Evgeni Vitting with Lipkowska and Ruffo
Picture of Evgeni Vitting in Aida
with Lipkowska and Ruffo
Picture of Evgeni Vitting as Pinkerton
Picture of Evgeni Vitting in Aida

Picture of Evgeni Vitting
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. During 1904-06, 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 Madama Butterfly.

Vitting died on August 10, 1959 in Minsk.
Reference 1
Reference 2

Yevgyeni Eduardovich Vitting singsMadama Butterfly Amore o grillo, with Mikhaïl Karakash in Russian

Yevgyeni Eduardovich Vitting singsCarmen: La fleur
In RA Format
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, and recording (Carmen).
Discograpy (To be completed)

Picture of Evgeni Vitting with Lipkowska and Ruffo
Pathé, St Petersburg 1912? 23543 Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Yon dark forests 23543 23544 Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Song of the Indian guest 23544 23545 Faust (Gounod): Laisse-moi contempler (w. Ivanova) 23545 23550 Lolita (Buzzi-Peccia) 23550 23551 You are my morning (Wrangel) 23551 24758 Fedora (Giordano): Aria 24758 24759 Traviata (Verdi): Aria d'Alfredo 24759 24776 Nizhegorodtsi (Napravnik): Kuratov's air 24776 24777 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No, Pagliaccio, non son 24777
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