Laman Ismayilova read more
Azerbaijan's opera art has a long history of development. The
foundation of Azerbaijani opera art was laid on January 12, 1908,
by outstanding composer Uzeyir Hajibayli, whose opera 'Leyli and
Majnun', became the first not only in Azerbaijan but also in the
Some 115 years have passed since the premiere of Uzeyir
His opera laid the foundation of a new genre in musical culture,
which synthesizes oriental and European music styles.
'Leyli and Majnun' - a classic Azerbaijani tale of young lovers
and meddling parents is compared to 'Romeo and Juliet'. Together
with his younger brother Jeyhun, Uzeyir Hajibayli wrote the
libretto for the iconic opera.
Premiered in 1908 at the Tagiyev Theater, the opera is based on
the story taken from Fuzuli's poem written in the XVI century.
The opera's first director was Huseyn Arablinski and its first
conductor was Abdurahimbay Hagverdiyev, a famous Azerbaijani
writer. At that time, women were not allowed to perform on stage.
So, all the parts were played by men.
Changes have been made to the opera in its 95 years of
The first version of the opera consisted of five acts and six
scenes, while the more recent version has three acts and six
'Leyli and Majnun' is an outstanding example of Uzeyir
Hajibayli's works, which gained popularity with time to become his
most cherished masterpieces.
The opera has been staged over 2,000 times at the Azerbaijan
State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater as well as in other
countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Turkey, Georgia,
Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
The program from the opera's premiere and a photograph of
Huseyngulu Sarabsky, who acted Majnun first, are stored in the fund
of the National History Museum, attracting the attention of curious
MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the provider above.