By Laman Ismayilova
"Leyli and Majnun" opera by great composer Uzeir Hajibeyli will be staged at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater on February 27.
The stage director is honored art worker Hafiz Guliyev. The opera will be conducted by Sevil Hajiyeva.
Sabuhi Ibayev and People's Artist of Azerbaijan Gulyaz Mammadova will play the main parts in the opera.
Nurlan Namazov, Jahangir Gurbanov, Aytan Maharramova, Taleh Yahyayev, Afag Aghayeva, Mutallim Demirov, Nazar Beylarov and Vugar Aliyev will also perform on the stage.
"Leyli and Majnun" is the first opera not only in Azerbaijan, but also the entire Muslim East.
The opera laid the foundation of the new genre in musical culture of the world, which synthesizes oriental and European musical forms, resembling a dialogue of two musical cultures of East and West.
It was first performed on January 12 1908 at the Taghiyev Theatre in Baku.
"Leyli and Majnun" is a tragic love story, in which the male character Majnun (literally meaning "crazy" in Arabic) goes mad because he cannot be with his beloved Leyli.
The most popular version of this love story "Leyli and Majnun" was penned by Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209), who lived and died in Ganja.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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