Maria Biesu



Laureate of the State Award of the USSR

People’s Artist of the USSR

People’s Artist of Republic of Bashkortostan

First Place and the Gold Cup for the best interpretation of the role of Madam Butterfly at the Canto International Contest Miura Tamaki, Tokyo

Deputy of Supreme Soviet during 26 years

Hero of Socialist Labour

Lenin Order

Honored person of the city of Chisinau

Professor at the Academy of Music

Doctor honoris causa

The National Order Romanian Star in the degree of Commander

Laureate of the State Award of Republic of Moldova

Founder of the Opera and Ballet International Festival Invites Maria Bieshu


Maria Bieshu – one bone and one flesh wither fine people its daughter,

 who loves it with devotion and tenderness like all the great artists

she promotes the human brotherhood though the world.





Born on August 3rd 1935 in the village Volontir, district Stefan Voda.

Graduated from the Chisinau State Conservatoire after G.Muzicescu.


Since 1961 she has been a soloist at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre. She made her debut in the part of Tosca by G.Puccini.


In 1965-1967 Maria increases the perfection by attending the probation “La Scala” in Milano. Under the Maestro Enrico Piazza she studied the parts of “Madam Butterfly”, “Tosca”, “Aida” and “The Troubadour”.


At the same time she won the Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, and in 1967 was awarded the First Prize, the Golden Cup and the title of the world’s best Cio-Cio-San at the First International Competition in Memory of Miuro Tamaki in Tokyo.


Her success in Tokyo launched Maria Bieshu upon her road to worldwide fame. She has appeared on all the operatic stages across the Soviet Union, at the Metropolitan Opera and at Opera houses of Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, Finland, and Austria. She made tours of Japan, Australia, and Cuba, and gave recitals in Rio de Janeiro, sang in Paris in the Olympia hall.


She enjoys a great repute among vocalists; that is confirmed by the fact that she is often invited to take part as a jury member in such important international vocalists’ competition as the M.I.Glinka and P.I.Tchaikovsky competitions. She was also invited as a jury member to participate in the First Tenor’s Competition after D.Andguladze in Batumi (Georgia) in 1996 and in the Vocalists’ Competition, devoted to the 100th Anniversary of Biul-Biul-Ogly (Baku).


Since 1986 - the President of the Musicians’ Union of Moldova.


Since 1992 – vice-president of the International Musicians’ Union.



The nature endowed Maria with an extraordinary voice, fine musicality, a powerful talent of a dramatic actress – unity of all these qualities creates a genuine opera singer.

Maria Bieshu is a singer of extraordinary musical endowments and possesses an unerring feeling of the musical truth. The list of Maria’s parts, embracing more than 30 characters testifies to the fact that she is an artist, devoted herself to a single broad subject. This subject is the tragic fate of a woman. Maria’s marvelous Norma is the absolute peak of her operatic art, where all the sides of the singer personality were expressed in the most complete and harmonious way.


Dido ("Dido and Aeneas" G.Purcell)

Aida ("Aida" G.Verdi)

Amelia ("A masked ball" G.Verdi)

Desdemona ("Othello" G.Verdi)

Elizabeth of Valois ("Don Carlos" G.Verdi)

Leonora ("Il Trovatore" G.Verdi)

Leonora ("The force of Destiny" G.Verdi)

Abigail ("Nabucco" G.Verdi)

Seraphina ("Vivat, Maestro" G.Donizetti)

Norma ("Norma" V.Bellini)

Nedda ("I Pagliacci" R.Leoncavallo)

Cio-Cio-San ("Madama Butterfly" G.Puccini)

Tosca ("Tosca" G.Puccini)

Mimi ("La Boheme" G.Puccini)

Turandot ("Turandot" G.Puccini)

Santuzza ("Cavalleria Rusticana" P.Mascagni)

Adriana ("Adriana Lecouvreur" F.Cilea)

Tatiana ("Eugene Onegin" P.Tchaikovsky)

Lisa ("The Queen of Spades" P.Tchaikovsky)

Nastasia ("The Enchantress" P.Tchaikovsky)

Iolanta ("Iolanta" P.Tchaikovsky)

Zemphira ("Aleco" S.Rahmaninov)

Natalia ("In storm" T.Khrennikov)

Rita ("The Dawns are quiet here" K.Molchanov)

Olga ("Sergei Lazo" D.Gershfeld)

Aurelia ("Aurelia" D.Gershfeld)

Glira ("Glira" St. Neaga)

Domnika ("A Heroic Ballad" A.Stircea)

Ruxanda ("Alexandru Lapusneanu" Gh.Mustea)


Maria Bieshu – is the born opera singer. The creative thirst brought Maria onto the concert stage from her first independent steps. Her chamber interpretive art wins you with faultless sense of style, thoughtful polishing of meaning in musical and poetical texts, deep penetration into an image.


Maria’s chamber repertoire is enormous: Bach and Handel, Caccini and Gretry, Schumann and Schubert, Liszt and Grieg, Respigi and Fore, Rahmaninov and Tchaikosky, Prokofiev and Sviridov, Russian and Romanian folklore songs and romances, music of contemporary composers.




"Maria Bieshu’s concert is delightful with its interpretation way and unusual contents… Maria Bieshu demonstrates her natural beautiful voice with a fine increasing artistry. She can make it weightless like a bit of fluff or impart a resilient elasticity of velvet to it to show its power at the time. An equally powerful and beautiful voice throughout its registers is a characteristic feature of the singer. She vaults on it with a faultless exactitude of an acrobat. "

Australia (Sydney) "The Sun"


"Maria Bieshu’s voice, rare in its beauty, her natural talent and industriousness put her among the best woman singers of our time. She possesses all the means of musical expressiveness. "

T.Khrennicov, Moscow


"The encounter with Maria Bieshu can be called an encounter with a genuine belcanto. Her voice resembles a precious stone in an excellent setting. Here we face a rare combination of remarkable natural qualities and a splendid singing style. "

Moscow, "Musical life"


 Her Tosca is splendid. The voice, that is even and beautiful throughout all its register, image accomplishment, refined singing line and high musicality put Maria Bieshu in the rank of the world class contemporary singers. "

Sofia, "Patriotic Voice"


"Her stage interpretation is notable for that great sense of style where at the most conventional gestures and poses, convincingly reflect the genuine feeling "From the sound point of view Bieshu performs the part of Lise splendidly. "

"Helsingin Sanemat", Helsinchi


"Maria Bieshu belongs to such masters that can be freely entrusted with any part from the Italian and Russian repertoire.  She is an extra class singer. "

"Die Welt", West Berlin, 1979


"The singer imparted an exceptional lyricism and together with it the strongest dramatic effect to her interpretation of the small Madama Butterfly’s image. All these alongside with the highest vocal skill allow us to call Maria Bieshu a great soprano. "

"Politica", Yugoslavia


"The colors, timbre, absolute unity of its vocal registers, perfect and exceptional musicality, conquering theatrical effectiveness, where grace, fragility, fineness are logically interweaved with the moments of the maximum sound density – all of them are characteristic of Maria Bieshu."

"Contemporanul", Busharest

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