Opera in 2 acts
Zhiyenbayev's libretto according to the drama of the same name of M. Auezov
Enlik - the girl from a sort of Naiman
Kebek– the batyr from a sort of tobykty
Abyz – the wise man from a sort of tobykty
Zhapal – the shepherd, the friend Enlik
Yesen– batyr from a sort of Naiman
Zhauetay– the batyr from a sort of tobykty, the friend Kebeka
Kengirbay-the main bi from a sort of tobykty
Kobey– bi from a sort of tobykty
Espembet-bi from a sort of Naiman
Karamende – the elder of a sort of tobykty
As black packs of ravens blew over Chingiz mountains, disturbing, ominous messages - died Enlik and Kebek. Hostility of two childbirth – "naiman" and "tobykty", perfidious treachery and cruelty of elders didn't spare youth, punished the death of those who for the sake of love and happiness dared to break relentless laws of ancestors.
Whether long ago pleased all with the songs, the mind and beauty beautiful Enlik? Whether long ago the rumor about glory and legendary feats of the mighty batyr Kebek was handed down? More than once he lifted the sword in protection of the people, saved the native earth from enemy invasions more than once.
Crying bitterly sage, Abyz. He failed to save Enlik and Kebek failed to soften the cruel heart of bi. Powerless his songs, in vain his calls for peace, kindness and justice.
As black packs of ravens blew over Chingiz mountains, disturbing, ominousmessages - died Enlik and Kebek. Hostility of two childbirth – «Naiman» and«Tobykty», perfidious treachery and cruelty of elders didn't spare youth, punishedthe death of those who for the sake of love and happiness dared to break relentlesslaws of ancestors. Whether long ago pleased all with the songs, the mind andbeauty beautiful Enlik? Whether long ago the rumor about glory and legendaryfeats of the mighty batyr Kebek was handed down? More than once he lifted thesword in protection of the people, saved the native earth from enemy invasionsmore than once. Crying bitterly sage, Abyz. He failed to save Enlik and Kebek failedto soften the cruel heart of judge. Powerless his songs, in vain his calls for peace,kindness and justice.
Clear summer day. On spurs of Chingiz mountains, among boulders and rocksZhapal's herd has dispersed. A ringing echo the fervent song of the cheerful naughty shepherd responds. His old, intimate dream haunts the boy - as there is awish to become Zhapal the famous batyr, to rush on the steppe on a swift-footedracer, to battle against enemies. Here and now he has presented himself amongenemy riders, has waved a lash and suddenly... in horror, has «at full tilt» stumbledand has fallen, having seen unexpectedly appeared unfamiliar jigit. Ah, Zhapal, Zhapal, where your bravery and courage? For fear you have evennot recognized the beauty Enlik, disguised as men's wear.Enlik doesn't hide the thoughts from Zhapal: what waits for her ahead whethershe will meet the person whom she will be able really, for the rest of life to fall in love?Yes, she has heard about the batyr Kebek, about his nobility, force and mind, but themeeting with him won't bring her joy, he from others, hostile family of Tobykty.Heart to heart talk of friends, light dream of Enlik of happiness are broken byYesen's receipt. The young batyr was subdued long ago by rare beauty of the girl.Who as not he has the right to take it in the wife - both of them from a sort Naiman,Enlik is arranged a match for his younger brother, but probably doesn't love thenamed and doesn't hurry with a wedding and if so, under the law of a sort, it shallbelong only to it - to Yesen.Not easy Enlik in case of each meeting with Yesen to avoid the final answer, toevade from his ardent and passionate explanations. Yesen leaves, without havinglearned the decision Enlik.But, what is it? Horse footfall! He is closer and closer... Who rushes in an easycloud of dust - the friend or the enemy? These are hunters, they overtake theproduction. A lightning the arrow has sparkled in the sun, has whizzed over thehead a deer. The shooter has missed! And right there, from running start the deerstruck with the arrow fired Enlik has fallen.Who these carried-away by a pursuit, unlucky hunters? With whom, competingin accuracy, Enlik has won? From whom the girl has taken away production? Herethey are batyr Kebek and his friend Zhauyetay.At last Enlik and Kebek have met. They knew about each other long ago. Thehostility of childbirth got in their way a barrier. Now nobody ever will be able toseparate them. The all-conquering love, pure and joyful feeling cover the girl andthe young man.
Enlik waits for Kebek. She has come to love him very much. Without himshe doesn't have happiness and joy on the earth. Whether he will keep theword? Whether will come to an appointment?However Yesen unexpectedly comes. Suspecting something wrong, hewatches each step of the girl - too often she one goes to mountains...He again ardently speaks in love. His patience has run low, he can't postponemore the wedding day with Enlik. To get off the persuasive groom, she promises togive in three days to him the final answer.
Kebek appears. Batyrs of two conflicting childbirth have met.Him not todisperse without bloody fight. The girl manages to stop batyrs. Whether for a longtime? Batyrs of both of them are know - not to pass the next, fatal meeting.Enlik and Kebek remain together. They not in forces to live apart more.An exitone - having broken century foundations, to run from cruel laws, from revengejudge and elders.For the sake of love Enlik agrees to everything. It is insufferably heavy to leave itthe native land, familiar and expensive since the childhood. The touching and sadmelody «Afarewell song Enlik» last time sounds over the mountains Chingistau.
Far in the steppe old Abyz has become famous for the mind. All the best that is inthe people, was embodied in conscience, soul and thoughts of the wise aged man.With faith in the victory of good, humanity and justice, it is blessing for a happylife came to him for advice and assistance Enlik and Kebek. Judge court will decidetheir fate. Abyz will protect Enlik and Kebek. Today, the court of judge. Decide thatelders birth? Can love Enlik and Kebek mitigated the harsh laws? Steppe isdisturbed. There is no peace between the clans. Judges and elders instead of tounite people, stir up the enemyWith anxiety and excitement awaits the people of the decision of the fate of Enlikand Kebek. «Who can compare to the bravery and courage of batyr Kebek?! Whocan compare in beauty and mind with Enlik?! They must not die!..»But other thoughts possess Kengirbay an elder of the Tobykty. To protect Kebekmeans to be with people and to do his will, but to start a war with the Naimans.Surrender his Naiman-means to be on the side of the law of the steppes and keepthe people in its power ...The court of judges begins. Judge Kobey tries to reconcile the warring parties.But firm elder of the Naimans, Espembet, let him give Kebek or bloody fight willdecide the dispute childbirth.Here Yesen. He will not allow you to mock my honor. He will find Kebek andchallenge him to a fight.Who is an able to protect the warrior, to save his life? Perhaps the oldest judgefrom Tobykty - Kengirbay? Surely he will remain deaf to the requests of the peopleto passionate speeches of the old Abyz?
No, no one can shake his resolve, his stubbornness, let him die Kebek, chal-lenged age-old laws of the bay and judge!..
Far Enlik and Kebek have found a shelter in mountains to themselves. Despiteexile, deprivations and adversities, they are happy - they have a son! Both dreamof that day when, without fearing revenges, having forgotten about hostility of childbirth, they are able free to return to the native land.Zhauyetay resorts. He has brought bad messages - the court of elders and Kengirbay have betrayed Kebek. There are crowds of furious Naiman. It is neces-sary to run immediately! But to disappear from enemies already late!
Breathing heavily with anger and hatred, came to fight Kebek with Yesen. In thisgame, one of them is destined to die. Yesen dies.
In the name of the son of Kebek ready to run, but the Naimans under the leader-ship of Espembet, stand in the way.
Came the day of reckoning. Now will be the verdict. Enlik ready to share the fateof Kebek. Death does not frighten her, she only asks Espembet to fulfill three of herlast requests is to allow her to say goodbye to Kebek, to bury them together in thesame grave, and the son to convey to her parents.Enlik and Kebek forgiven. Sacred feeling of love majestically and beautifully inthe last minutes of their lives.
Old Аbys, Zhapal with an orphaned child in her arms, overwhelmed with griefthe people mourn the death of Enlik and Kebek». Will be the year.Forget the ominous name of Kengirbay will disappear from the memory of thegrim name of Espembet: vanish like a shadow of our black life. But the names ofEnlik and Kebek forever will shine people, as these two stars in the sky. For love isstronger than hate».