Symphony orchestra, choir and ballet of Abay Kazakh state academic opera and ballet theater
Production-director - MURAT SHALABAEV, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Production-artists - PAVEL DRAGUNOV, SOFIA TASMAGAMBETOVA
Choreographer - GULZHAN TUTKIBAEVA, People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Choirmaster - ALIYA TEMIRBEKOVA
A sweet conversation between lovers Serke and Aisulu on a moonlit night under the open sky is dampened by Aisulu’s announcement to her beloved Serke that she has been invited to compete in a beauty pageant. Aisulu dreams of becoming an actress and the pageant might be the first stepping-stone into the world of performing arts. Seized by jealousy, Serke doesn’t approve of her decision. Failing to find common ground the lovers end up quarrelling. Aisulu departs on her journey.
On the film set. The Studio staff is having a break. Aubakir is trying to find Nursulu, still thinking that her name is Aisulu. He asks the assistant director Gulshara for Aisulu’s mobile phone number. Gulshara decides to play a prank on Aubakir and instead gives him the phone number of Aisulu’s friend, the make-up artist. By chance, Aisulu answers the phone instead of her friend. She is surprised and confused to hear that Aubakir wants to talk to another girl by none other than Serke. Hasen enters, also looking for an Aisulu (Zhansulu). He claims that he was also sent by Serke! Having talked to Aubakir and Hasen, Aisulu is at a loss, and she cannot explain Serke’s actions.
Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov wrote the first comic opera in the history of the Kazakh musical theater. The libretto of Kuandyk Shangitbaev and Kanabek Baiseitov is based on the life of modern Kazakh youth, and at its center are comedic situations in which lovers fall. For the first time, a comic opera was staged at the Opera and Ballet Theater. Abay in Alma-Ata in 1964. Of the four operas created by the Kazakh composer Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov, the opera Aisulu brought him the greatest fame as the author of the first comic opera in Kazakh musical art. Some arias and individual musical fragments from this opera became popular - such as Cavatina Serke, Aria Aisulu and the waltz from the first act.
“Unfortunately, there are not many Kazakh national opera performances in the repertoire of our theater, and they are mostly of a tragic character. Please note: in the opera “Birzhan and Sarah” Birzhan dies, in the opera “Kyz Zhibek” Tulegen is killed, in the opera “Abay” Aydar was poisoned ... It would be unfair to ignore the only, perhaps, Kazakh comic opera created by Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov, ” tells the director of the opera - Murat Shalabaev.
The new production of the opera is based on a plot from the life of modern youth, whether in the 80s of the twentieth century or in the tenths, already twenty-first. The authors of the first libretto of 1964 were Kanabek Baiseitov and Kuandyk Shangitbaev, the second version was made in 2014, its authors were Askhat Mayemirov and Murat Shalabaev. And, it should be noted, it is significantly different.
The plot of the play tells about the life of young people in the period when they are looking for their soul mate, their love. The main character Aisulu, having left for a beauty contest without the consent of her young man, realizes that all career ups are nothing if there is no loved one nearby. Through the songs performed by Aisulu, one can feel the purity and naivety of the girl.
The musical language of Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov possesses the beauty of Kazakh traditional music, its melodiousness, melody and originality. The melodies express all the feelings experienced by the heroes of the opera - sadness, joy, love, admiration. They cause some degree of nostalgia due to the lack of such musical works at present.
The scenery of this production is modest enough for a modern beauty contest, during which all actions unfold. Unless this is a competition of a provincial town, there is not enough glitter, rhinestones and glamor: a modest beauty contest, with the exception of a beautiful curtain with a picture of a crown made of Kazakh patterns in gold. But at the same time, individual outfits of characters are made in such a way that they make the viewer smile: funny men's costumes made of fabric in a cage, an advertising agent’s vest, a retro car restored by theater workers.
In 2014, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov and the 50th anniversary of the writing of the opera, the Abay KGBATP presented a comic opera on its stage. The wonderful music of Mukhamedzhanov and the comic nature of the situations definitely pleased the public.