Today, September 23, Sofia Vicoveanca turned 79 years old and is as active as in her youth. He thinks with longing when he will be able to be with the fans again. The singer lives in Suceava, where there is also a boulevard with her name, and occasionally in Vicovul de Jos, where she has a piece of land, which she cultivates and from where she gathers the harvest every autumn. During his isolation, he says that he did not get bored and dedicated his time to personal projects, but also to relaxation. Sofia Vicoveanca wrote poems and prepared a new album, according to click.ro.
The artist also has a son, named Vlad Micu, aged 49, but also two nieces. Although the years have passed over the famous singer of popular music, she has not changed at all and does not seem to be aging, remaining the same man of the village who has always been.
It is worth mentioning that, last month, Sofia Vicoveanca was upset to find out that a malefactor wrote on social networks that she was infected with SARS-CoV-2, given the fact that Suceava was in total quarantine. But it was a false rumor, which the singer immediately denied.
Sofia Vicoveanca with her son, Vlad. PHOTO Personal archive
The story of Sofia Vicoveanca’s life
Sofia Vicoveanca was born on September 23, 1941 in the commune of Toporăuţi (today’s Toporuica), a locality near the city of Cernăuţi (today in Ukraine), receiving the name Sofia Fusa. He was one of the four children of the Gheorghe and Veronica Fusa family of merchants.
His childhood was marred by hardships, and his father was taken prisoner by the Soviets after the annexation of Northern Bukovina by the Soviet Union. Together with her mother, Sofia took refuge with an aunt in Bivolcomplicatedrie – Vicovu de Sus and in this locality a followed ssheet pRimar, and later he moved with his family to the commune of Vicovu de Jos, where he spent his childhood.
“My parents were wealthy there, in Chernivtsi, they had a shop, houses, cattle, horses, but here I had nothing“, he later confessed. Out of love for his childhood village, he later borrowed his name, choosing his stage name Sofia Vicoveanca, when the director of the artistic ensemble where she was employed he had told her that the name Sofia Fusa had no artistic resonance.
A career of over 60 years
From childhood, constrained by the material difficulties that the refugees went through, little Sofia learned to sew, to weave carpets, to weave, to cut, etc. She graduated from the Popular Art School in Suceava and was hired, through a competition, in 1959, as a folk music soloist at the Song and Dance Ensemble „Ciprian Porumbescu“ from Suceava. In 1965, he released his first album. Since 1998, she has been a folk music soloist at the Botoşani Rhapsody Ensemble.
“Work brings a lot of joy, nothing falls from the sky, no one gives it to you. If you don’t work, you don’t! (…) I never thought of being a soloist, but at the exam for the beginning of the season I sang a folk song. The jury decided that he had to play folk music ever since. I continued to sing in the choir for a while, during the breaks in the show; I quickly changed the long chorister dress with the folk costume and shot on stage. In time, I overcame my emotions, I made my own repertoire (I never sang the songs of other performers), it was my luck that I came from an area very rich in folklore and I had something to collect from the elders and the fiddlers of the village“, Confessed the artist.
Why does she always carry her purse with her?
Have you ever wondered what keeps Sofia in the bag she wears all the time, including on stage? “I keep water, medicines, staples and 10 lei”, says Sofia Vicoveanca. It may sound surprising, but the story of this money is an emotional one. “I was at a show in a cultural center in a village in Botosani. After I sang, an old man came on stage and told me that I sang at his daughter’s wedding and gave me a 10 lei banknote to get me a chocolate. I said that he needed that money more than me, but he didn’t want to take it back, so I swore I wouldn’t spend those 10 lei for how many days I would have. And I keep my word “, the artist revealed.
Sofia Vicoveanca PHOTO Facebook
In love with folklore
Sofia Vicoveanca bought a 9-acre plot of land in the village of Vicovul de Jos, building a new, old-style house with a porch and attic in which she arranged a small ethnographic museum. The museum includes an exhibition of peasant costumes and folk art objects. The interior of the house was decorated with the things of a peasant house interior: dowry box, blidar, wall mats, icons, towels, baby swing and the folk costumes she wore.
Decorated before and after the Revolution
As a recognition of her activity in the service of Romanian popular music, Sofia Vicoveanca was awarded, before the Revolution, several distinctions such as: “Cultural Merit” class IV (1973); “Tudor Vladimirescu” Medal class I (1975) or Medal “Cultural Merit” class I (1976). After the Revolution, President Ion Iliescu awarded him the National Cross “Faithful Service” class III (2002) and the National Order “Cultural Merit” in the rank of Grand Officer (2004) etc. On the occasion of His Majesty King Mihai’s Day, on October 25, 2014, he received from the Royal House of Romania, through Crown Princess Margaret, the decoration of the Order of the Romanian Crown in the rank of knight.
Sofia Vicoveanca with Grigore Vieru in one of the concerts held in Bessarabia in 1988. PHOTO Personal archive