Kristina Orbakaitė

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Kristina Orbakaitė
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Kristina Orbakaitė (2017)
Born Kristina Edmundovna Orbakaite
(1971-05-25) 25 May 1971 (age 46)
Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • record producer
Years active 1983–present
Children 3
Awards World Music Awards (2000, 2002)
Musical career
  • Vocals
Associated acts Alla Pugacheva, Vladimir Presnyakov Jr.

Kristina Edmundovna Orbakaitе (Russian: Кристина Эдмундовна Орбакайте, Lithuanian: Kristina Orbakaitė, born 25 May 1971), better known as Kristina Orbakaite, is a Lithuanian-Russian singer[1] and actress. Her parents are Russian pop star Alla Pugacheva[2] and Lithuanian circus performer Mykolas Orbakas.


Kristina Orbakaite was born in Moscow and spent much of her childhood between Šventoji, the home of her paternal grandparents,[3] and Moscow, the home of her maternal grandparents. After her parents divorced in 1973, she was brought to Moscow by her mother, Alla Pugacheva, and lived with her maternal grandparents.

At the age of 7, she debuted in the Soviet children's television program "Veseliye Notki" (Happy Musical Notes) with the song "Solnyshko Smeetsa" (The Sun Laughs). In 1982, she was cast in the leading role of "Lena Bessoltseva" in Scarecrow, a film by Rolan Bykov based on the Vladimir Zheleznikov play of the same name.[4] Production began in 1982 and the film premiered in 1984. It became a critical success, not only in Russia but also overseas, and turned Orbakaite into a child star.[5]

Alongside her acting, Orbakaite continued with her budding singing career. In 1983, she sang "A znayesh, vse yesche budet" (You know, it will all happen yet) in a duet with her mother. In 1985, she sang the song "Pust' Govoryat" in the popular TV program "Utrenyaya Pochta" (Morning Mail).

Now a young woman, Kristina appeared in the films Vivat, gardemariny! (1991), Gardemariny 3 (1992), Blagotvoritelny Bal (1993), and Limita (1994). In 1992, she sang "Pogovorim" (We'll talk) at a holiday show sponsored by her mother. The song became a hit and launched Orbakaite as a pop star. In 1994, she released her debut album titled "Vernost" (Fidelity).

Having met with success in film and music, Orbakaite tried her hand at the theater, appearing in 1995 as Helen Keller in an adaptation of Gibson's The Miracle Worker on the stage of the Moscow Artists' Theater. She subsequently received an award from the Russian Ministry of Culture for best female theatrical performance.

In 1996, Orbakaite joined her mother, Alla Pugacheva, her step-father, the singer Philipp Kirkorov, and her husband, the singer Vladimir Presnyakov on a family performance tour through the United States titled "Zvezdnoye Leto" (Starry Summer). During this tour, she performed for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Later the same year, Orbakaite released her second album, titled "Nol' Chasov, Nol' Minut" (Zero Hours, Zero Minutes).

In 1998, Orbakaite released her third solo album, "Ty" (You). It included 12 new songs, 5 of which were suggested by Alla Pugacheva from compositions created for her, including "Muzikant" (Musician), "Navsegda" (Forever), "Pegiy Pes" (Spotted Dog), "Smorodina" (Currant), and "Ptitsy" (Birds). She also appeared in the films "Doroga, dorogoy, dorogaya" (1997, Road, dear man, dear woman) and "Fara" (1998).

In 2000, Orbakaite won at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo as the best-selling Russian singer.[6] Later that year, she released her fourth album, titled May. In 2001, she appeared in the film "Zhenskoye schastye" (A Woman's Happiness).

In 2002, she released her fifth album, "Ver v chudesa" (Believe in miracles) and appeared in the television series "Moskovskaya saga" (Moscow Saga). She again became Russia's best-selling singer and won the World Music Awards for the second time. In 2003, she released her sixth album, "Pereletnaya ptitsa" (Wandering bird) and in 2005, she released her seventh album, "My life". The same year, she won the "MUZ-TV" award in the category "Best female singer".

In 2006, Orbakaite appeared in the comedy "Lyubov-morkov" (Love-carrot) together with Gosha Kutsenko. The film was a hit in Russia, bringing in a domestic box office of $11.5 million, and spawning two sequels, with the second film coming out in 2008 and the third in 2011. Amid filming the series, Orbakaite released her eight album, titled "Slyshish - eto ya" (Listen - it's me).

In 2011, Orbakaite celebrated her 40th birthday and, as part of celebrating the year, unveiled a new performance program and a new album, both titled "Potseluy na bis" (Encore kiss). Two years later, in April 2013, she released a new music video for her song "Maski" (Masks) and began a tour of the Baltic countries. She also received the award of "Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation" from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In December 2016, her "Insomnia" world tour was presented with two sold out shows in Kremlin State Palace. The tour received excellent reviews in the press and with critics. In 2017, the tour was presented in Russia, Israel, France, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Germany and all Baltic states with over 100 sold out shows.

Personal life[edit]

She is currently married to a Russian-American businessman named Mikhail Zemtsov. They have a daughter, Claudia, born on 30 March 2012. Orbakaite also has two sons from previous marriages: Nikita born in 1991, and Deni born in 1998.


Selected filmography[edit]

Year Original Title Title on English Role Notes
1983 Чучело Scarecrow Lena Bessoltseva
1991 Виват, гардемарины! Viva gardemarines! Princess "Fiquet"
1992 Гардемарины 3 Gardemarines-III Princess "Fiquet"
1993 Благотворительный бал Charity ball Shirli
1995 Лимита Limita Katya
1997 Незнайка на Луне Dunno on the Moon Zvyozdochka Voice
1999 Фара Fara Neznakomka (unknown woman)
1999 Незнайка на Луне 2 Dunno on the Moon 2 Zvyozdochka Voice
2003 Снежная Королева The Snow Queen Gerda
2004 Московская сага Moscow saga / Generations of Winter Vera Gorda TV-series
2007 Любовь-морковь Lyubov-Morkov (transliteration) Marina Golubeva "Любовь-морковь" is the Russian idiom which literally translates as "Love-carrot". The English phrase "Lovey-dovey" has a close meaning.
2008 Любовь-морковь 2 Lyubov-Morkov 2 Marina Golubeva
2010 Любовь-морковь 3 Lyubov-Morkov 3 Marina Golubeva
2014 Тайна четырех принцесс The mystery of the four princesses Queen Gurunda
2017 Гардемарины 4 Gardemarines-IV Catherine the Great


  1. ^ Touzmohamed, Erkin (16 November 1996). "Music Publishing Sector Slowly Emerging in Russia". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 108 (46): 58. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Horton, Andrew; Brashinsky, Michael (1992). The zero hour: glasnost and Soviet cinema in transition. Princeton University Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-691-01920-8. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Mykolas Orbakas: „Aš iki šiol Pugačiovai 200 rublių skolingas“ (Newspaper Vakarų ekspresas)
  4. ^ Lawton, Anna M. (1992). The Red screen: politics, society, art in Soviet cinema. Psychology Press. pp. 287–288. ISBN 978-0-415-07819-1. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Howe, Desson (20 November 1987). "‘Scarecrow’ (NR)". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "The World Music Awards". Archived from the original on 15 October 2000. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

World Music Awards
Preceded by
Philipp Kirkorov
Best-selling Russian artist
Kristina Orbakaitė
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Best-selling Russian artist
Kristina Orbakaitė
Succeeded by
Philipp Kirkorov