Azerbaijan State Opera Theatre

Caucasus Gala forWorld Opera Day

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In preparation for World Opera Day on 25 October, OperaVision travels to Baku Azerbaijan for the closing concert in the International Azerbaijan Vocal Festival at the Heydar Aliyev Palace. Showcasing the finest voices from Azerbaijan and other countries in the region, this live event is a first for OperaVision.  

A first livestream from Baku for sure. And for many OperaVision viewers, tonight’s concert may be the first time hearing such an eclectic programme put together by conductor Ayyub Guliyev who is artistic director of Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Bizet and Gounod - so far the composers on the programme may sound familiar enough. But what about Hadjibeyli, Amirov and Garayev? By the end of this stream, you will know more about: Uzeyir Hadjibeyli Azerbaijani leading composer of opera; Fikret Amirov whose music is strongly influenced by Azeri folk melodies; and Gara Garayev prolific Azerbaijani composer of everything from ballets, operas, symphonic and chamber works to piano pieces, songs and marches.


Feryal Türkoğlu (Turkey)
Marija Jelić (Serbia)
Ramil Gasimov (Azerbaijan)
Samir Jafarov (Azerbaijan)
Umut Kosman (Turkey)
Ali Asgarov (Azerbaijan)
Choir of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre
Symphony Orchestra of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre
Ayyub Guliyev


The story


1. Uzeyir Hajibeyli - Introduction to the 3rd act of the opera Keroglu (Tchenlibel)
Choir and orchestra of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre, conductor - Ayyub Guliyev (Azerbaijan)

2. Uzeyir Hajibeyli - Koroglu aria from the opera Keroglu (soloist - Ramil Gasimov/tenor/Azerbaijan)

3. W.A.Mozart - Leporello aria from Don Giovanni (soloist - Umut Kosman/baritone/Turkey)

4. G.Verdi - Aria of Aida from the opera Aida (soloist - Feryal Turkoglu/soprano/Turkey)

5. F.Amirov - Balash aria from the opera Sevil (soloist - Samir Jafarov/tenor/Azerbaijan)

6. G.Verdi - Leonora aria from La forza del destino (soloist - Marija Jelic/soprano/Serbia)

7. G.Verdi - Fiesco aria from Simon Boccanegra (soloist - Ali Askerov/bass/Azerbaijan)

8. G.Verdi - Leonora aria from Il trovatore (soloist - Feryal Turkoglu/soprano/Turkey)

9. G.Verdi - Duet of Don Carlo and Rodrigo from Don Carlo (soloists - Samir Jafarov and Umut Kosman)

10. P.Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana (Orchestra of the Azerbaijan State Opera Theatre/conductor - Ayyub Guliyev)

11. R.Leoncavallo - Canio aria from Pagliacci (soloist - Samir Jafarov/tenor/Azerbaijan)

12. G.Puccini - Tosca aria from Tosca (soloist - Marija Jelic/soprano/Serbia)

13 A.Cilea - Lamento di Federico from L’arlesiana (soloist - Ramil Gasimov/tenor/Azerbaijan)

14. G.Puccini - Duet of Rodolfo and Mimi from La Bohème (soloists - Samir Jafarov and Marija Jelic)

15. J.Bizet - Couplets of Escamillo from Carmen (soloist - Imut Kosman/baritone/Turkey)

16. C.Gounod - Couplets of Mephistopheles from Faust (soloist - Ali Askerov/bass/Azerbaijan)

17. G.Puccini - Kalaf aria from Turandot (soloists - Ramil Gasimov and Samir Jafarov)

18. G.Verdi - Brindisi from La traviata