The premiere of the opera “Gul-Bilbil” of the Turkmen National Music and Drama Theater named after Mahtumkuli took place on the stage of Lebap Velayat Music and Drama Theater named after Seyitnazar Seydi. This was reported by the “Neutral Turkmenistan” newspaper.
The new work of the capital's theater was based on the well-known folk destan of the same name, presented by the Turkmen poet of the 18th century Abdullah Shabende.
According to a fabulous plot, a nymph named Gul and Prince Bilbil fall in love, simultaneously dreaming about each other. The young man, accompanied by close friends, embarks on a long journey to the girl who conquered his heart. But Gul has been engaged since childhood to a formidable deva who hastens her with the wedding.
Bilbil enters into a fierce battle with him and wins. In the finale, he, together with his beloved and faithful companions, returns home, where they are joyfully greeted by the inhabitants of his hometown.
The production of the opera belongs to the chief director of the theater, Honored Art Worker of Turkmenistan Aynazar Batyrov. Together with the current new work, he has staged 13 performances. Among them are those that have become widely known as “Shasenem and Garib”, “Zohre and Tahir”, “Leyli and Mejnun”, “Gorogly”, “Mahtumkuli”, as well as “The Players”, carried out together with Italian colleagues.
The troupe of the theater always works in close creative collaboration with the collective of the Turkmen National Conservatory named after Maya Kuliyeva. So “Gul-Bilbil” has become another vivid confirmation of the fruitfulness of such cooperation.
The leading roles are theater actress Leyli Okdirova and People's Artist of Turkmenistan, teacher of the Conservatory Atajan Berdyev. His colleagues: Honored Artist of Turkmenistan Bibijemal Amanova, Begench Moshshiyev, Rovshen Bayramov, Begench Gaipov and Amangeldy Amanov are also involved in the production.
The opera is attended by students of the Conservatory Gurbanguly Muhammetkulyev, Suray Kubieva, Dunyagozel Begalieva.
The new production was warmly received by the participants of the Culture Week, the source notes.