WHITE WOLF (Ak Bure)
The epic tale opera in 4 acts in the Tatar language.
Libretto based on Tatar folk tale «The White Wolf» - Ruzal Mukhametshin (the winner of the M.Jalil State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan)
Artistic director and conductor - Honoured Artist of Russia Alexander SLADKOVSKY
Soloists: Albina Latipova, Elmira Kalimullina, Denis Hanbaba, Arthur Islamov, Ayrat Imashev, Ruslan Abdrafikov, Rustam Asaev, Dinar Dzhusoev.
The gold city is at dawn. The stone figure of the White wolf comes to life. The White wolf tells about the origin of the world. Then the Most high created a new clan and entrusted to defend and take care about it to the White wolf. There was a leader of the clan – Khan. He had three three growing up sons and a beautiful wife Khanbike.
Once misfortune happened: the ugly, three-headed monster Div abducted Khanbike. The elder sons set out in search of the mother and disappeared. Years passed. The youngest son – Tegil grew up. Once he asked his father where his mother and elder brothers were. Khan told him about the tragedy that had happened many years ago. The young batyr decides to set out in search of the mother and elder brothers. At first the father tries to talk him out of it but finally agrees and gives his blessing to the son.
Tegin meets the White wolf in the forest. The keeper of the clan is angry: the batyr has disturbed the peace of the forest. Tegin begs his pardon and asks the White wolf about the fate of his relatives. The White wolf tells him that the brothers have been turned to stone because of impudence and the mother has been in captivity of the ugly monster Div. Tegin begs the White wolf to help him. The White wolf returnes to life elder sons of Khan who come back home to the father and utter an incantation which transfers the batyr in Div’s kingdom. Kam Ana helps to accomplish the incantation.
In Div’s kingdom the snake Jukha – Div’s own sister bewitches Tegin. He must forget his clan and his faith. Kam Ana sounds the alarm. She and the White wolf hasten to help the batyr. They read spells. Tegin remembers the mother and family. He kills Jukha and meets Div. In a heavy battle the dzhigit defeats his opponent. Tegin meets his mother.
Again the gold city is at dawn. The White wolf utters concluding words about the triumph of good over evil. Kam Ana, Khan, Khanbike, elder sons and Tegin join to the White wolf. Kam Ana announces solemny about the coming of a new day.