Kulyash Zhasynovna Bayseitova (1912-1957)

Kulyash Zhasynovna Bayseitova (1912-1957) was a Soviet Kazakh opera singer (lyric-coloro soprano) and dramatic actress. Laureate of two Stalin Prizes of the second degree (1948, 1949). The youngest owner of the People’s Artist of the USSR title (1936) for all the years of its assignment. Baiseitova’s natural musical talent manifested itself early. She memorized and performed songs, zhyr and kissa, heard from father Zhasyn. In 1925-1928 she studied at the Almaty Pedagogical College of the Institute of Education, participated in amateur music.


In 1930, she entered the studio of the Kazakh Drama Theater, established in 1926 in Kzyl-Orda and in 1929 transferred to Alma-Ata, known today as the Kazakh State Academic Drama Theater named after M.O. Auezov. Studying acting and musical literacy, she played small episodic roles in the theater, and soon the main ones. In 1933, Kulyash joined the troupe of the Musical Theater (now the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Abay), where she performed until the end of her life. She was engaged in singing in the training studio of the theater with K.A. Dianti and V.A. Smyslovskaya. Baiseitova’s musical and stage talent was clearly manifested in creating the image of Ayman in the musical comedy Ayman-Sholpan on the libretto of M.O. Auezov, music I.V. Kotsika. The image of Shuga (musical drama Shuga by B. Maylin and I. Kotsik) testified to the singer’s increased skill, the Zhibek part (Kyz-Zhibek by E. G. Brusilovsky) allowed the singer to rise to the heights of classical opera. She also performed as a concert singer.

She performed folk songs in many languages (in Kazakh Eligay, Shili Ozen, Russian Bell, Polish Maiden, Czech Shepherd, Armenian Swallow, etc.), works of Russian, Soviet and Western European composers. During the war, Baiseitova went to the front as part of a concert team. In 1944, she starred in the musical film Concert of the Five Republics. Since 1949 she was a member of the Soviet Peace Committee. She was the organizer and permanent leader of the Kazakh Theater Society. She participated in the work of the II World Congress of Peace Supporters. Was a member of the CPSU (b) since 1943 and the Deputy of the Supreme Council of the Kazakh SSR of 1-3 convocations. In June 1957, Baiseitova died after a concert in Moscow from a brain hemorrhage. The monument was erected on September 15, 2011, in Almaty on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the opera singer Kulyash Baiseitova. The author is a sculptor T. Binashev.

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