As if he wrote with the voice of Eminescu
Valeriu Cupchea was born in a family of intellectuals, his father was an agronomist-engineer, and his mother was a biology teacher, later – the head mistress of Kishinev school #1. After completing his school studies he tried to follow his parents and choose the biology faculty, but he was more and more often observes at different artistic activities.
He was chosen to study acting technique in Leningrad, his teacher was Yan Frid. In 1952 he came to Kishinev Theater. He played a lot of roles, and each of the roles – with a unique naturalness. This actor’s seriousness was observed, and later he was sent to Moscow, to the courses of direction, where he was taught by another great professional of the time – Iuri Zavadski.
The plays, staged by Cupchea resisted a lot of years in the repertory. „Tache, Ianche, and Cadir” by Victor Ion Popa, „Crane’s feather” by Dziunzi Kinosoto, „Tiger and hyena” by Shandor Petefi, „Masquerade” by Mikhail Lermontov, „Mother-in-law and three daughters-in-law” after Ion Creanga, „The birds of our youth” by Ion Drutsa, „Egor Bulichiov” by Maxim Gorkii, these are just some of the works, awarded with prizes, appreciated by the audience and the press, winners of national and Union’s contests.
But the real peak of his artistic creation was the staging of the „Eminescu” play, after Mirchea Shtefanescu. The star of our literature arose from a myth and in the interpretation of Valeriu Cupchea, had human qualities. Together with Kiril Shtirbu (Creanga) and Constantsa Tirtsau (Veronica Micle) Valeriu Cupchea created more than jut a play. „Eminescu” became the holiday of Kishinau, when dozens of students and pupils asked passers-by if anybody had a surplus ticket. Our city had not have such events for a very long time.