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Kyz Zhibek

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Opera in 2 acts and an epilogue 

Libretto by Gabit Musrepov

Author of the New Musical Version, Music Director and Conductor –

Abzal Mukhitdinov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Producer –                                                 Mikhail Pandzhavidze (Belarus)

Set Designers –                                         Sofia Tasmagambetova / Pavel Dragunov

Choirmaster –                                            Yerzhan Dautov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Choreographer – Producer –                                                 Mukaram Avakhri

Projection Designer –                                Pavel Suvorov (Russia)

Lighting Designer –                                  Sergei Shevchenko (Russia)

Consultant – Askhat Mayemirov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Assistant Director –                                  Yeren Toikenov

Assistant Costume Designer –                  Arassel Dosmuratova

Conductor –                                              Ruslan Baimurzin

Head of Children’s Choir –                      Altynganym Akhmetova


The first Kazakh opera Kyz Zhibek created 83 years ago was immediately recognized as a gem of the national musical art. The renowned playwright and writer Gabit Musrepov wrote the libretto, based on the eponymous folk lyric and epic poem about the tragic love of Zhibek and Tulegen. The music was written by composer Yevgeny Brusilovsky, who actively used Kazakh folk songs and kyuis, as well as works by folk composers such as Ybrai, Mukhit, Zhayau Mussa and Tattimbet, and boldly adopted the European art of instrumentation and harmony to the Kazakh music.

The premiere of the opera took place in 1934 at the Kazakh Musical Theatre (now, the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre). In May 1936, the opera Kyz Zhibek created a sensation when being performed as part of the First Decade of Arts and Literature in Moscow.

The lead roles at different times were graced by People’s Artists of the USSR K.Baiseitova, R.Jamanova, B.Tulegenova, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR – K.Baiseitov, M.Yerzhanov, Garifolla Kurmangaliyev, People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Ussenbayeva and others.



Zhibek –     Nazym Sagintai /

                   Saltanat Akhmetova, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Tulegen –   Medet Chotabayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

                   Meir Bainesh

Bekezhan – Sundet Baigozhin, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan / Talgat Galeyev

Shege  –     Beimbet Tanarykov / Ramzat Balakishiyev

Bazarbai – Zhanat Shybykbayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

                   Bolat Yessimkhanov

Kamka –     Dina Khamzina, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

                   Gulzhanat Sapakova

Karlygash – Madina Islamova /

                   Aigul Niyazova, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Batsaiy – Malika Minisini / Tatyana Vitsinskaya

Duriya – Bibigul Zhanuzak, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan / Yelena Ganzha


Performance has one interval

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes


Performed in the Kazakh language

(Accompanied by synchronized Russian and English subtitles)


Management reserves the right to substitute artists