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Italy applauds the conductor from Moldova Andriy Yurkevych



The name of Andriy Yurkevych, Chief conductor of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre “Maria Biesu” is in all Italian newspapers. On February 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th in Genoa in the Theater Carlo Felice, triumphant performances of the Opera Giuseppe Verdi “Simon Boccanegra” took place with Andriy Yurkevych at the conductor’s stand. The performance has gained popularity not only in Moldova but also abroad.

Simon Boccanegra, first elected by the people of the Doge of Genoa, is a cult figure, and Maria Boccanegra, his daughter, lost in childhood and adopted by the family of Grimaldi, the princes of Grimaldi, the Royal family of Monaco, who have been on the throne since then. Verdi’s Opera pays homage to Genoa, its history as a Seaside Republic, in a version that debuted at the “La Scala” theatre in 1881. The Opera tied the history of the city, real events, people and, of course, the patriotism of the Genoese, expressed in the love, pride, devotion and loyalty to their homeland.

Barbara Catellani for Spezia Calcio says on the website OperaClick:

“In Genoa, the traces of the first Doge of the Republic, elected and approved in 1339 by the people… the traces are scattered here and there throughout the city: a house in the area of La Maddalena in the historic centre, a funeral statue placed in the Museum of Sant’agostino, Villa-now the Congress center-hidden between the pavilions of the hospital of San Martino, Palazzo San Giorgio, the first Palazzo del Mare (built by order of cousin Guglielmo Boccanegra, the first people’s captain), a fortress that now “turned” into a Belvedere Castelletto. Not everyone knows this, and we should especially thank Roberto Pani, who wrote valuable lines about the events and places of Boccanegra, provided images, told exciting stories in newspaper articles, on the pages of social networks, at conferences, the press, at the University of Genova.”

“Simon Boccanegra is a true Genoese work, the history of this city: the so-called ‘Genovese Age’, from 1528 to 1620, when Genova was the European capital of Finance and banking, and conquered the world. Rooted in the fourteenth century, when the “cruel city” was still torn apart by internal strife, but nevertheless was a proud and independent city, the era of Boccanegra is the prologue of glory that will come in three centuries.” So told Roberto Pani, hoping to see a lot of Genovese in the theater. He succeeded, obviously.”

The February performances were very much anticipated. And indeed, on February 15th, with a full house, the first performance was broadcast on the Internet on the theater channel. I watched the performance from the 15th minute of the broadcast, was fascinated by the beautiful singing, preparation and organization. Read a few excerpts from the articles about the play.

Barbara Catellani, OperaClick:

“The great cast, the orchestra in excellent condition, the master conductor. What more? Here, more than ever, we can use the term “orchestral palette”, so popular in books and specialized magazines, because we really appreciated the variety of shades, gradations of color, brightness or high density, and large brush strokes when it is necessary to highlight pain, ominous conspiracy, betrayal. Then the dynamics, the wording, the dialogue: the orchestra perfectly responded to the magic wand (magic, as we have already said) of Andriy Yurkevych. A master who, again, showed great charisma and rare sensuality.”


“At the remote control of the Teatro Carlo Felici conducts Andriy Yurkevych, music Director of the National Theatre in Chisinau, Moldova, a musician who can boast a repertoire from Mozart to the masterpieces of Bel Canto and Verdi, with a natural predisposition to the greatest Russian composers, who recently, on 18 January, we applauded in Genoa at the unforgettable Gala concert Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres”.

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Andriy Yurkevych chooses the right tempo, the tempo of the performance at the console, and remains consistent with this choice throughout the Opera. He takes care of the orchestral sound, which thanks to the excellent work of the orchestra of the foundation is clear and distinct. Simon Boccanegra is the leading role, and Yurkevych directs all his interpretation in this direction.”

The theater has prepared 12 videos about the Opera: materials about the history of Genoa, the Seaside Republic of the time of Simon Boccanegra, the Opera itself, interviews with soloists, the director, heads of the Opera production in the section “Immersion in the Opera”. The interview with the conductor Andriy Yurkevych can be seen here.

The Youtube channel of the Teatro Carlo Felice, which broadcasts performances and tells about his work, registered in 2010, has about seven million views, which indicates the extreme popularity of Italian Opera and art.

In this video you can see pieces of the Opera “Simon Boccanegra” on 0.44, 2.24, 5.34, 7.21, 8.13, 10.37 minute.

Congratulations Maestro Andriy Yurkevych for the lovely creative work!


An English vlogger in Chisinau: “If I were a politician in Moldova, I’d be ashamed to show my face”

A British YouTube vlogger has published a video about of first impressions in Chisinau. Thrilled by the way the center of the capital looks, the conditions in the underground, the quality of the roads, etc., the vlogger will spend a month in the Republic of Moldova, promising to publish more stories.



I would be ashamed! If I’d ripped off my nation as these motherf#ckers have ripped of Moldova, I’d be ashamed to show my face.”

The vlogger told his subscribers about the “billion dollar bill theft” and criticizes politicians who “have done nothing in their 30 years of independence.”

He pointed out that after the collapse of the USSR, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova hoped that a better life awaits them.I

“In Soviet times, Moldova was a well-run, efficient republic. Soviets used to come from all over the SU here. It was warm, there was good wine here, […]. But then independence came, and people wished for something better. But what did they receive instead? They’ve received nothing but Governments that ripped them off, embezzled cash, escaped the country with stolen billions, and the people are left here to pick up the pieces,” he concluded.

Watch episode 2 here:

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The “Tower of Water” from Chisinau will be open for sightseeing on Saturdays



The Tower or the “Castle” of Water, as some historians call it, is an industrial architecture monument, made in an eclectic style. It is at the intersection of Alexei Mateevici and Mitropolit Gavriil Bănulescu-Bodoni streets. The tower was initially meant to secure the city with water. The building has the title of a monument of architecture and art of national importance, introduced in the Register of monuments of history and culture of the Chisinau municipality.

From now on, The Water Tower (The History Museum of the City of Chisinau) is open to the public for sightseeing on Saturdays as well. The decision was made after several parents said they could visit the museum with their children on weekends.

Liubovi Kosman, the museum guide, told IPN that visitors have the opportunity to see exhibits related to the history of Chisinau from the first attestation to the 1980s. Visitors can also admire the contemporary city from the highest point of the capital.

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Moldova will participate in “Expo Dubai 2020”. The pavilion of our country, divided into four areas: “Discover, Taste, Craft and Invest”



The Republic of Moldova will participate in the World Expo Dubai 2020 Exhibition. According to the concept, our country’s pavilion will be divided into four key areas: “Discover, Taste, Craft and Invest”.

The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure announces that visitors will be able to explore the history of our legendary wine, learn about national, cultural, historical values.

At the same time, “Expo Dubai 2020” represents an opportunity to intensify trade, economic, scientific and technological exchanges with other states and companies.

It is an event where new outlets for domestic products will be identified. At the same time, visitors will know about investment projects that might be of interest to business people around the world.

According to organizers’ estimates, “Expo Dubai 2020” will be visited by about 25 million people around the world.

“The International Exhibition Center” Moldexpo “, designated as responsible for the organization of our country’s participation in this event, must make every effort and respect the established terms. We must make ourselves seen and heard as a state with investment, tourism and cultural potential, “the official said.

The World Expo (World Expo) is the third largest event in the world with an economic, social and cultural impact, and is held every five years, with a duration of 6 months. The Republic of Moldova has previously participated in such events, including in Hanover, Germany (2005), Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China (2010) and Milan, Italy (2015).

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