“Maria Biesu Opera and Ballet Festival”
During the annual Invită Maria Bieşu festival famous orchestra conductors, opera singers, and ballet dancers perform on two stages in Chisinau. Artists come from Austria, France, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and other countries. The festival was organized by, and now commemorates the life of, Maria Bieşu (August 3, 1935 – May 16, 2012) who was a Moldovan opera singer and the chief vocalist of the Chisinau Opera and Ballet Theater. Her artistic excellence brought her international recognition and invitations to sing in other countries.