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Vitas
Nama lahir Vitaliy "Vitas" Vladasovich Grachyov
Berasal dari Daugavpils, RSS Latvia, Kesatuan Soviet
Genre

Pop opera, Muzik vokal, klasikal

Pop (Easy listening, Chillout), Synthpop, Rock alternatif
Pekerjaan Penyanyi, Penggubah, Pencipta lagu, Pelakon, Pereka fesyen
Instrumen Suara, Akordion, Piano
Tahun aktif 2000–kini
Kegiatan berkait DIVA (ДИВА)
Laman web vitas.com.ru

Vitaliy "Vitalik" Vladasovich Grachyov (Bahasa Rusia: Виталий Владасович Грачёв, Vitalij Vladasovič Gračëv), lebih dikenali dengan nama samarannya Vitas (disebut /ˈviːtɑːs/; Bahasa Rusia: Витас), adalah seorang penyanyi pop, penggubah, pelakon, dan pereka fesyen Rusia yang lahir pada 19 Februari 1981 di Daugavpils, RSS Latvia.

Lagunya pada 2000, "Opera No. 2" ("Opera #2"; released as a single in 2001)[1] telah dimajukan sering kali melalui Internet, yang accounts for much of his worldwide recognition.[2] His eclectic pop music is often difficult to categorise, incorporating elements of techno, dance, classical, jazz, and folk music.[3][4] He designs his own stage costumes.[5][6] DIVA (ДИВА) is the name of the band that accompanies Vitas during his concerts.[7]

Vitas has achieved much notablity through Russian television, and since 2005 his career has advanced into Asian markets.[8] He has signed with entertainment labels such as Universal which distributes his music in Taiwan, and he has toured extensively in China[2] and several other countries.[8] He has performed duets with many other singers including Demis Roussos, Lucio Dalla, and Vitas' grandfather Arkadiy Davydovich Marantsman (Аркадий Давыдович Маранцман), with whom he sings "Friendship"[9].

Biografi[sunting | sunting sumber]

Hidup awal[sunting | sunting sumber]

Born Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachyov on 19 February 1981[10][11] , Vitas was raised in Odessa, Ukraine. He showed an interest in music from an early age. The young Vitaliy's grandfather taught him to play accordion,[9] and he began writing songs as a child. He later studied music more formally. He attended an art school in Odessa and as a teenager appeared in various theatrical productions. He was "discovered" by visiting producer/manager Sergey Pudovkin, who asked Vitas if he would come to Moscow. This invitation was extended on the basis of Vitas' acting skills: Pudovkin had not yet heard him sing. Vitas travelled to Moscow with demos of his music and began working with Pudovkin.[12]

Notability and early career[sunting | sunting sumber]

Vitas became notable in Russia in December 2000 with hit Opera No. 2, which was notable for use of Vitas' surprisingly high-pitched and energetic use of falsetto.

His concert program Philosophy of Miracle premiered at the State Kremlin Palace on 29 March 2002, establishing a record for Vitas as the youngest artist ever to perform a solo concert at this prestigious venue. A DVD of this concert was released. He also presented his fashion collection "Autumn Dreams" on the stage of the State Kremlin Palace in 29 September 2002.

Vitas received an invitation from Lucio Dalla, the composer, who created "Caruso", to perform this song together with the author at the concert "San Remo in Moscow" held in the State Kremlin Palace in 2003. Vitas' voice enchanted not only the audience but Mr. Dalla himself, so the composer invited Vitas to come to Rome to take part in the rehearsals of "Toska", the modern version of the legendary opera.

Vitas presented his second solo program "The Songs of My Mother" in the Rossia Concert Hall, Moscow in November 2003. Two albums: "The Songs of My Mother" and "Mama" of the artist were released for the premiere. The album "The Songs of My Mother" included the songs which are considered to be the gold reserves of Russian pop-music. Another album "Mama" included several new songs composed by Vitas. The two albums were a dedication to his mother who died in 2001. In 2003, he gave 264 solo concerts in places including Russia, Australia, Canada, Israel, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Belarus.[petikan diperlukan]

Vitas starred in a murder mystery television series called "Beloved Scoundrel" in English[4], and "Сволочь ненаглядная" in Russian in which he played (appropriately) a pop singer with an unusually high voice. He also starred in a comedy called Crazy Day.[4]

Development of music and image[sunting | sunting sumber]

The album A Kiss As Long As Eternity was released on 8 October 2004.

Around 2004 to 2005, Vitas became the most popular touring artist in Russia. His premiere "The Songs of My Mother" was acknowledged "the best musical event of the year."[petikan diperlukan]

The Production Center "Pudovkin" organized a major world tour with the program "The Songs of My Mother" in Russia and the USA, Germany, Kazakhstan, Israel and the Baltic States in 2004–2006.[13]

In June 2006, Vitas was invited by CCTV to take part in the grand event "The Year of Russia in China" in Beijing. Vitas performed two songs, "Star" and "Opera No. 2," in that program.

Vitas' premiere "Return Home" took place in March 2007 on the stage of Kosmos. More than twenty new Vitas' compositions were included in the premiere. Many new songs have become favorites for fans via the Internet such as "Crane's Crying", "Shores of Russia", "I Ask All Saints", "The Little Prince", "I Repeat Your Name" and others.[8]

In October 2007, Vitas was signed with American company Gemini Sun Records. Gemini Sun has released the Audio Visual Connect Series Vitas compilation CD + DVD set featuring 8 music videos with the corresponding songs also on audio CD, plus a bonus audio track.[14][15]

In 2008, Vitas was the only foreign artist to sing at the Beijing Olympics kickoff concert in July. He also released his single Light of A New Day, a 40-minute track of vocalization and instrumentation with no lyrics. The song is available as a free download on his website.

"Sleepless Night" tour includes concerts in China; Vitas wears more elaborate costumes in this concert than his "Return Home" programme. Vitas performed his "Return Home" concert in Bucharest, Romania on 25 February 2009. This concert was broadcast on Romanian television networks TVR2 and TVRi, achieving their highest ratings in twelve months [16] Also, a benefit concert, with Vitas performing "The Star" was held on 12 May 2009 in Sichuan province in memory of the victims of the earthquake that occurred the previous year; a song known as "Mommy and Son" was released in late October 2009 in remembrance of earthquake victims.

Vitas is one of the stars in the Chinese film Mulan about the life of legendary and mythical heroine Hua Mulan, which premiered in Beijing on November 16, 2009.[17] He has recorded music for the film's soundtrack.[8] [18]

Awards and achievements[sunting | sunting sumber]

Year Category Recording
2001, 2002, 2003 Best selling single Russian Record Prize "Opera # 2"
2001 "Komsomolskaya Pravda" and Internet Survey "FORUM 2001" Musical Discovery of the Year
2000, 2001, 2002 Three-time-laureate of the festivals "The Song of the Year-2000", "The Song of the Year-2001" and "The Song of the Year-2002"
2001, 2002 Two-time-laureate of the People Prize "Golden Gramophone" "Opera # 2", "Smile!"
2001, 2002, 2003 Three-time-laureate of the Musical Prize "PODIUM" for the most stylish achievements in pop music
2001, 2002, 2003 Russian "People’s HIT" Prize "Opera # 2", "Smile!" ,"The Star"
2001, 2003 Radio station "HIT FM" Prize "100 Per Cent HIT"
2002 National Musical Prize "Ovation" Soloist of the Year
2004 Russian Internet portal AFISHA.COM
2007 Order of Service to the Arts
2007 Best Album – NewsMusic Poll[19] "Crane's Cry"

Discografi[sunting | sunting sumber]

Album[sunting | sunting sumber]

Russian[20] English[1] Year
Философия чуда Philosophy of Miracle 2001
Улыбнись Smile! 2002
Мама Mama 2003
Песни моей мамы The Songs of My Mother 2003
Поцелуй длиною в вечность A Kiss as Long as Eternity 2004
Возвращение домой Return Home 2006
Krikom zhuravlinym, Возвращение домой II Crane's Cry, Return Home Part 2 2007
Хиты ХХ века XXth Century Hits 2008
** Audio Visual Connect Series: Vitas (CD + DVD)[2] 2008
СКАЖИ, ЧТО ТЫ ЛЮБИШЬ Say You Love 2009

DVDs[sunting | sunting sumber]

Russian[20] English[1] Year
Витас в Кремле Vitas in the Kremlin 2002
Песни моей мамы The Songs Of My Mother 2003
Возвращение Домой Петербург Return Home in St. Petersburg 2007
Возвращение домой Москва Return Home in Moscow 2007
Лучшее от Витаса на DVD The Best from Vitas on DVD 2007
** Myth Of The Shaking Soul Voice1 2007
** Audio Visual Connect Series: Vitas (CD + DVD)[2] 2008

1. Listed on official site as The Song Of My Mother: same tracklisting as The Songs of My Mother DVD, repackaged for the Chinese market [21][22]

Singles/EPs[sunting | sunting sumber]

Russian[20] English[1] Year
Опера №2 Opera No. 2 2001
До свидания Good-bye 2001
СВЕТ НОВОГО ДНЯ Light of a New Day 2008

Video[sunting | sunting sumber]

Original[23] English[24] Year
Опера №2 Opera No. 2 2000
Опера №1 Opera No. 1 2001
Блаженный Гуру Blessed Guru 2001
Улыбнись! Smile! 2002
Звезда The Star 2003
Мама Mama 2003
Птица Счастья The Bird of Happiness 2004
Поцелуй Длиною В Вечность Kiss As Long As Eternity 2004
Берега России Shores of Russia 2005
Лючия ди Ламмермур Lucia Di Lammermoor 2006
Криком Журавлиным Crane's Crying 2006
ЯМАЙКА Jamaica 2007
** China Triumph 2008
青藏高原1 Tibetan Plateau 2008
La donna è mobile2 La donna è mobile 2009

1 Sung in Chinese; fanmade music video including Chinese movies and scenes from Crane's Crying music video.
2 Sung in Italian.

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