Sophia Rotary (Cофія Ротару)
Sofia Rotaru is a Soviet Ukrainian singer from an ethnic Moldovan family. She has sung songs in Russian, Ukrainian and Romanian languages, which were equally popular throughout the world.
Her songs have become the classics of Soviet and post-Soviet stage. Sofia was cast in several musical films, her debut being in 1971 in "Червона рута". She played the main roles in films "Where are you, love" 1980 and "Soul" 1981. She has performed in concerts in the United States, Asia, Europe, Australia. Sofia has got dozen of prizes, awards and medals.
Rotaru Sofia Mihailivna was born on the 9th of August, 1947 in the village Marshintsi, Chernigov region, in a large family, with many children. She was brought up in the atmosphere of folk songs, she knew all the melodies, broadcast on the radio. She began to sing when she was at the first grade - in school chorus and church choir, though the latter wasn't welcomed. In her youth she took part in the dramatic group, sung folk songs in the amateur theatricals, won in regional and republican competitions. She made up her mind to become an actress, in 1964 she entered the Chernigov music school and in 1968 she graduated from it.Tnen she appeared on the stage of The Kremlin Congress Palace.
After the acquaintance with her future husband Anatoly Evdokimenko, the student of Chernigov University and at the same time the trumpet-player of the student pops orchestra, the singer decided to try herself as a solo singer of a pops orchestra. Of course, she went on singing folk songs which still take a significant place in her repertoire. In 1968 Sophia Rotaru became the laureate of the IX World Youth Festival in Sophia, Bulgaria, she got the gold medal for the Ukrainian folk song. Nobody hesitated in star future of young actress. At that time Rotaru began to teach theory and solfeggio in Chernigov cultural and educational school, and in 1974 she graduated from the correspondence department of Kishenev State University of Arts.
1971 Rotaru played a leading role in a music film "Chervona Ruta", called so after a soundtrack from this film by the talented composer
V. Ivasuk, with whom Rotaru had a productive creative cooperation.
It also became the name of vocally-instrumental consort, formed by Rotaru and Evdokimenko in the Chernigov Philharmonic Hall ( Anatolij, who later graduated from the producer faculty of Kiev University of Arts, became then the producer of all concerts of Sofia).
Musical and acting talent of Rotaru is confirmed by different awards and prizes.1973 in Bulgaria at the competition Golden Orpheus Rotaru won the first prize .1973 she became the Honoured artist of Ukrainian SovietSocialist Republic, in 1983 - People's artist of the USSR. She was awarded a medal Mark of Order (1980), Friendship of Nations (1985), Honorary Award and St. princess Olga. Now the whole world respects Rotary for her songs.
According to Sofia Mihailovna, her soul is in her songs. " The song for me is a short story with its own world of feelings, dramaturgic system, characters…." Such short stories for her became the songs of V. Ivasuk
( "Водограй", "Два перстеня", "Пісня буде поміж нас").
In 1986, she was the first female pop singer to be given the prestigious title of "People's Artist of USSR". Former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave awards to Sofia Rotaru in August 2002 (for her 55th birthday), bestowing upon her the high rank of the Hero of Ukraine for her "outstanding personal merits in the sphere of art", and the Russian order "For merits before the Nation", respectively.
While Mrs. Rotaru commonly goes by this last name, her official last name is Yevdokymenko-Rotaru. Yevdokymenko was the last name of her late husband. Following several months of mourning, Rotaru resumed her feverish concert and recording activity and again topped the Russian and Ukrainian charts.
SOPHIA ROTARU - HER OWN STYLIST,
HAIRDRESSER, IMAGIST, AND PRODUCER
The first to appear on stage was not much differ as it is now. Her hair was thick bright flaming black, her neck surrounded by a bunch of beads, and she wore a cute apron with national ornaments on her hips. In a word, it was the loved and respected popular Ukrainian singer... Her repertoire was reasonably well chosen. The audience took up her songs right form the first words.
The audience joined in singing the song "Raspberry wine" with a particular enthusiasm.
The competitor told that Sophia Rotaru's image was not accidental: "Rotaru is my favourite singer. Not only does she conquer the audience with her stunning energy, but also with love that always wins in her songs". According to the competitor, not the victory but the participation is the most important for him. He thinks out his dresses, hair-style and make-up on his own.
All of her hard work paid off. She has come a long way from her tragic marriage and seems to be pleased with her life now.Sophia Rotary seems always be yong and beautiful and will continue to charm the world with her beaytiful smole and voice.