Connect with us


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”.

Website С

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!


5 exceptional museum exhibitions in Chișinău, which are currently opened for visitors. Have you already seen them?



There are still very few things known abroad about the history, architecture, nature and culture of the Republic of Moldova. Some old and contemporary treasures still remain hidden from the public eye, being visited only by a few connoisseurs. In this article, we present 5 intriguing exhibitions in the Chișinău museums for that time when you visit the capital city of Moldova and think about how to spend your time.

The collection of old charters at the National Library


The collection of charters of the National Library includes around 200 documents reflecting the economic, social, political and cultural life of Bessarabia from the Tsarist period (1812-1918). It has been recently restored and made available to the public. The preserved documents were exhibited after the project “Bessarabian charters and other historical documents from the 19th century”, financed by the US Embassy, ​​through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Conservation, was completed, IPN reported.

According to the director of the National Library Elena Pintilei the project has a major impact on the national heritage, as until two years ago, it was impossible to make these documents public or to make them available to researchers. “The restored historical documents will be researched by historians, because they contain very important information, perhaps still undiscovered, about the period of the 19th century, when Bessarabia was under Tsarist occupation,” said Elena Pintilei.

The exhibition is open to the public until December 30th, 2019. It can be found at the National Library on 31 August 1989 street, 78A.

The exhibition “Bessarabian Motives” at the “Andrei Lupan” Scientific Library


The exhibition “Bessarabian Motives” is composed of about 70 works performed in different techniques of visual art: oil on canvas, watercolour, ink pen, paper engraving. In the works of the artists are represented rural and architectural motives, as well as local people of the old Chișinău.

The old Chișinău, located on a picturesque place, on seven hills, impresses its inhabitants, but also the guests of the capital. This is why, the artists try to immortalise the old city and its architecture through new works, representing different seasons and times of the day.

“Bessarabian Motives” is a personal exhibition organised by two freelance plastic artists Antonina Grişciuc and Vitalie Grişciuc who have been exhibiting their work in group exhibitions and organising personal exhibitions for 25 years. Their works have been exhibited in many countries such as Moldova, Romania, Russia, Israel, Spain, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Japan, France etc.

The exhibition is open to the public in the period from September 27th to November 15th at the “Andrei Lupan” Scientific Library, on Academiei street, 5A.

The “Nature. Human. Culture” exhibition at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History


The exhibition “Nature. Man. Culture” is a permanent museum exhibition that was created in 1988-1994. It has an area of ​​2000 square meters and reflects the global problem of human-nature interaction, based on local experience. Starting from the idea that nature is the environment of any human community, and culture is a reflection of the experience of human accommodation in the natural environment, the exhibition demonstrates the evolution of the use of natural resources and the development of the culture of human communities, which populated the region between Prut and Dniester area in different historical periods. It defines the transformation of nature from the sacralization of the forces of nature to their consumer domination by man. The exhibition also illustrates the problems of developing ethnicity and traditional culture in all its diversity, the results of the irresponsible attitude towards the surrounding nature, the conflicts between man and nature, solutions of economic and rational use of natural resources, as well as the tendencies to optimise the values ​​of the society.

The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History is located on M. Kogalniceanu street, 82.

The exhibition “Treasures of the past” at the National Museum of History of Moldova


The permanent exhibition brings together the most relevant objects made of gold and silver, from the territory of the Republic of Moldova, from the period between the 5th millennium BC till the 18th century, kept in the patrimony of the National Museum of History of Moldova. The oldest pieces in the exhibition were manufactured 6500 years ago. The collection includes ornaments, clothing accessories and weapon elements, a series of coin treasures discovered in different localities of Moldova.

The National Museum of History of Moldova can be found on 31 August 1989 street, 115.

The open air “Village Museum”


The Village Museum is a wonderful place at the “Gates of the City” – the buildings located at the entrance of Chișinău (from the airport). It aims to exhibit the monuments of popular architecture, namely the Bessarabian village from the 18th-19th century and offers a representative image of the plant world in the Republic of Moldova.

The museum was inaugurated in 1995, as a branch of the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History.

The museum complex has been under construction for a long time, having until now only one monument: a wooden church built in 1642, brought from the town of Hirișeni (Telenesti district) in order to be restored and saved.

When the project will be completed, it will cover an area of 150 hectares and will include six ethnographic areas with 165 monuments: windmills, water mills, wooden churches, dwelling houses, house annexes, trout, a traditional inn and a pub, etc.

Continue Reading


Unaffordable prices for low quality transportation services in Moldova or the apple of discord among carriers and the Government



The Employers Association of Car Transport Operators from Moldova organised a protest yesterday and today. More than 250 transport units have been brought to the city centre of Chișinău, and about 250 other units are stationed in villages and district centres. That means 586 trips of 124 regular routes were suspended.

The carriers require the adjustment of the tariffs for transportation by doubling them (from 0.48 lei/km to 0.92 lei/km). On the other hand, the Government officials consider that only after providing decent transport conditions for passengers, the request of tariff adjustment can be discussed. In the meantime, people have to wait for hours for public transportation all over the country.

The <<Marshrutka>> phenomenon

The public transportation in Moldova is not expensive at all from an outside perspective. There are few countries on the European continent where one can travel from the airport to the city centre of a city for 0.10 euro. The prices for longer distance travel using mainly the so-called marshrutkas (fixed-route minivans) and sometimes buses may also look more than affordable. Nonetheless, due to low income, these prices seem high for the main client segment – the local population.

Moreover, passengers in Moldova accept and tolerate to travel standing and ‘packed like sardines’ (as local people like to say) sometimes their whole route. Some people still approach the driver to pay, that meaning their ticket money are not officially recorded and paid. The schedule of busses and minivans is sometimes confusing and not accurate, the transport services being provided on old and insecure vehicles.

The protest of transportation companies

According to protesters, the last change of tariffs took place six years ago and they incur losses because of this. Oleg Alexa, the president of the Employers’ Association of Car Transport Operators, explained for that there is a Government decision, approved ten years ago, which provides for the adjustment of tariffs in the transportation area once a year. However, the decision was not respected. The last adjustment of the tariffs was made six years ago, in November 2013, and was obtained by addressing the matter to the court. That time, the tariffs were increased from 0.38 to 0.48 lei/km.

“We are basically all bankrupt and we have a staff shortage of 3,000 employees.”

At the same time, during the negotiations with the representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the carriers have presented a list of proposals that could cause the tariff not to increase so much. That means carriers require partially maintaining the current conditions of passengers’ transportation, namely reusing transport units, transporting passengers standing up to 50 km, combating illicit passenger transport, importing transport units up to a certain age, eliminating abusive tax controls, etc. If the authorities will consider the carriers’ proposals, they would be willing to accept a lower tariff than the one requested during the protest, as Oleg Alexa stated.

At the same time, the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure declared that the Government is against increasing the tariffs on transport, specifying that the adjustment of the tariffs can only be discussed after the passengers will be provided with civilised travel conditions.

In a press release, the Government disapproved the decision of the carriers to suspend 600 trips, thus blocking the movement of citizens, motivating the strike by the refusal of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure to increase the tariffs on national road services.

The experts’ opinion

Economic experts say that the request of the carriers is justified, but the tariffs should be increased gradually, in order to not affect the citizens.

The economic expert Veaceslav Ioniță declared that the carriers have at least 50% higher costs as compared to six years ago. This is mainly due to the basic components of tariffs – employees’ salaries, the cost of spare parts and fuel price, which have all increased.

According to him, the authorities impose more and more stringent requirements on the carriers, which means that the carriers can no longer use old cars, but have to buy well-maintained cars, that implying additional costs.

As for the requested increase of tariffs, the expert claims that it is obvious that the carriers “requested an exaggerated tariff, hoping that they will reach a middle ground at the negotiations.” In the same context, he noted, however, that the current government has a reason to be upset about the carriers. This is because they have not taken such actions in the past, during the six years since the tariffs were maintained.

At the same time, Ioniță warned that tariffs are politicised in Moldova. “They are approved by the authorities. It is not an independent regulation. Because of this, carriers are also vulnerable,” claimed Ioniță.

As it seems, the protests of the carriers will continue and the public transportation problem in the Republic of Moldova will not be so easy to be solved, as several contradicting interests exist. One thing is clear: Moldovan passengers of national and international routes have to suffer in this situation.


Continue Reading


National Wine Day 2019 is celebrated in Moldova this weekend



On October 5-6, the 18th edition of the National Wine Day, the biggest holiday in Moldova dedicated to wine production, is celebrated. For the first time, the celebration passes beyond the Great National Assembly Square, including some other central areas such as the whole square of the “Birth of the Lord” Cathedral and the E. Doga pedestrian street from Chişinău.

68 participating wineries exhibit their wines and are included in a tasting booklet which can be purchased online on and at Info Points during the event.

During this weekend, several areas such as Info points for getting more information about the program of the event and purchasing the tasting booklet, Wine School, where 16 masterclasses guided by professional sommeliers, and a relaxation area are arranged in the city centre of Chişinău. Also, an exhibition of popular craftsmen, a gastronomy area, concerts and a peasant yard, where several workshops for creation and weaving of baskets and furniture made of osier and twigs, will be organised.

Another novelty of the event are the wine tours organised for taking visitors to 11 wineries with tourist facilities in the country, which have prepared special programs for the National Wine Day: “Basavin Winery”, “Castel MIMI”, “Chateau Cojușna – Migdal-P”, “Mileștii Mici”, “Chateau Purcari”, “Chateau Vartely”, “Vinăria Poiana”, “Vinuri de Comrat”, “KARAGANI”, “Barza Albă” and “Kvint”.



The National Wine Day is organised by the National Office of Vine and Wine, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment, several wine producers’ associations, with the support of the strategic partners of the event.

More information about the event can be found here.


Continue Reading

Latest News

Culture1 day ago

5 exceptional museum exhibitions in Chișinău, which are currently opened for visitors. Have you already seen them?

There are still very few things known abroad about the history, architecture, nature and culture of the Republic of Moldova....

Politics3 days ago

A warrant of preventive arrest was issued for Vladimir Plahotniuc

The magistrates of the Chișinău Court issued a 30-day preventive arrest warrant for the former leader of the Democratic Party...

Economy4 days ago

Unaffordable prices for low quality transportation services in Moldova or the apple of discord among carriers and the Government

The Employers Association of Car Transport Operators from Moldova organised a protest yesterday and today. More than 250 transport units...

Politics5 days ago

After one year and four months, the mayor mandate of Andrei Năstase was validated by the Court of Appeal Chișinău

In June 2018, Andrei Năstase, one of the candidates who was running for mayor of Chișinău, won the local elections....

Politics7 days ago

Local elections in Moldova soon: expectations and reality

On October 20th, 2019, local elections will be held in Moldova, in parallel with repeated snap parliamentary elections in 4 single-seat constituencies,...

Culture1 week ago

National Wine Day 2019 is celebrated in Moldova this weekend

On October 5-6, the 18th edition of the National Wine Day, the biggest holiday in Moldova dedicated to wine production,...

Economy1 week ago

A $46.1 million instalment of the IMF financing programme has been disbursed to Moldova

According to a notice made today by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Moldova, the International Monetary Fund...