A masterpiece opera "Leyli and Majnun" by national genius 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, while the conducter is 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.
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva attends the opening ceremonyThe 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has got underway in Baku. First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the event. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the opening ceremony. Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board Byong-hyun Lee and Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev made speeches. Participants in the session include more than 2500 delegates from 180 countries, including ministers, executives, representatives and ambassadors of international organizations in Azerbaijan, and members of the Azerbaijani government. The Baku session will see the presentation of 36 out of 42 nominations for World Heritage List. Azerbaijan became a member of UNESCO in 1992. The country signed a memorandum of cooperation with UNESCO in 1996. The Walled City of Baku, Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower, and Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape are featured as UNESCO World Heritage sites. ..