Koroğlu (The Blind Man’s Son) is an opera in five acts by Uzeyir Hajibeyov to a libretto in Azerbaijani by Habib Ismayilov, with poetry by Mammed Said Ordubadi. The libretto is based on episodes from the Epic of Köroğlu, a heroic legend prominent in the oral traditions of the Turkic peoples. The opera premiered on April 30, 1937 at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater.
Background and history of the performance
Koroğlu was written in 1936 and first performed on April 30, 1937 at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater in Baku, conducted by the composer withBulbul in the title role. It was Hajibeyov’s last complete opera and is described by Yury Gabay in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as his most important work, winning him a USSR State Prize in 1941. The opera had its first Moscow performance in 1938 and received its first complete staging inRussian in 1943.
Koroğlu is still frequently performed by the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater. In the late 1980s its overture became an unofficial anthem for the Azerbaijan movement for independence from the Soviet Union and is still often used to open concerts in Azerbaijan.
|Ali, old man, horse-holder of Hasan khan||Bass (voice type)|
|Rovshan (afterwards Koroghlu), his son||Tenor|
|Nigar, Rovshan’s beloved||Soprano|
|Eyvaz, her brother||Tenor|
|Ibrahim khan- close of Hasan khan||Bass|
|Hamza bey- close of Hasan khan||Tenor|
|Polad, Hasan khan’s servant||Tenor|
|Hasan khan’s jester||Tenor|
|Court singer (woman)||Soprano|
|Heralds-the 1st, 2nd, 3rd||Tenor|