Great Success for M. Tulebayev's Birjan and Sarah
"Birjan and Sarah", the opera of the famous Kazak composer Mukan Tulebayev is on tour in Turkey.
The masterpiece was first performed at the Leyla Gencer Opera and Culture Center within the framework of the 5th International Opera Festival of Istanbul on June 13th, 2014, prior to Bursa on June 16th, 2014, Eskisehir, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2013 on June 18th, 2014 and Ankara, the capital of Turkey on June 20th, 2014.
The performances of this opera composed by Mukan Tulebayev on the libretto by Kajım Jumaliyev will take place with the contribution of famous artists from Turkic republics along with artists of the State Opera and Ballet of Samsun as well as its choir and orchestra under Tolga TAVIS as conductor.
The art director of this project realized with the contribution of guest artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bashkortostan(RF), Tatarstan (RF) and Turkey is Prof. Dr. Eflatun Niemetzade, who is also known for his brilliant projects such as the "Koroghlu” and "Alpamıs” Operas among many other common projects of the Turkic World.
This famous opera which has been the voice of Kazak culture and art since its composition is being performed in Turkey for the first time within the framework of "2013 the Year of Mukan Tulebayev" declared as such by TURKSOY.
"Birjan and Sarah" is undoubdtedly a unique chef-d'oeuvre whch gives an insight into Kazak, literature, culture and art.
For detailed information please visit our website: www.turksoy.org or contact us under: +90 312 491 0100.
Dates and venues of performances
Eskisehir : June 18th, 2014, 08.00 p.m.
Venue: Eskisehir Ataturk Culture and Art Congress Center
Ankara: June 20th, 2014, 08.00 p.m.
Venue: State Opera and Ballet / Ulus
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Mukan Tulebayev's BIRJAN AND SARAH
Libretto : Kajım JUMALİYEVA
Conductor: Tolga TAVIS
Art Director: Prof. Dr. Eflatun NEİMETZADE
Scenery/setting: Erlan TUYAKOV
Costume: Esengeldi TUYAKOV
Chorister: Mikhail ISKROV
Choreographer: Tursinbek NURKALİYEV
Light: O. Murat YILMAZ
People of the Kazak village of Koyanlı gather in the center of the village to listen to the duet of Birjan and Sara who are both poets and singers. The governor Vali Janbota comes to the Market of Koyanlı together with his daughter Altınay, his brother Jiyenkul and his guards. Janbota’s brother Jiyenkul wants to mary Sarah and take her as his fourth wife. But in their duet, Birjan and Sarah mention this, so Janbota interrupts them and threatens Birjan with his guards who attack him. As Birjan and the people watching them react to this attack, Janbota and his guards leave the market place. The people rejoice and are happy to see that Birjan and Sarah are safe.
Birjan stands alone near a lake and sings odes to Sarah. Wisemen of the village come and warn him, saying that Janbota is a dangerous man and that he should be careful. Birjan's parents are also worried. Janbota's daughter Altınay who is in love with Birjan tries to seduce him and tells him that unless he does not let go off Sarah, her father, janbota will send him into exile. However, Birjan does not care. While Birjan and Sarah promise one another that they will be faithful to eachother Janbota and his guards enter the scene. Janbota forces Birjan to make a decision. Birjan must either surrender to him and abandon his dombra or die. The people protest against this menace. As Janbota's guards torture Birjan, Janbota and his people abduct Sarah.
* An instrument of Turkic peoples frequently played in Kazakhstan.
While preparations are under way for the wedding of Sarah and Jiyenkul, Sarah tells Jiyenkul that she will never be his wife. Birjan suddenly comes. Jiyenkul turns mad and calls the guards who arrest Birjan while Jiyenkul takes Sarah away.
Birjan is emprisoned and tortured. In his suffering, he dreams of Sarah. Altınay who did everything to separate the lovers from one another is feeling guilty for what she did and tries to show her compassion with Birjan. Serik, the governor's guard falls asleep while waiting in front of the cell where Birjan is emprisoned. So Sarah comes and makes a proposal to Birjan: they both shall fight for their love against all odds and die together. Jiyenkul comes, attacks Serik, the sleeping guard and orders a trial to be held for Birjan. Jiyenkul’s brother, Jambota, the Governor immediately orders the trial to take place. Birjan is sentenced to death.