Conductor - Sadik GAIBOV
Choreographer - Honored Artist of Uzbekistan, People’s Artist of Karakalpakstan Zamir NURYMBETOV
Art director - Honored Worker of Culture of Uzbekistan Zubaidullo BATYROV
Costume Designer - Lobar PALVANOVA
Duration of performance: 2 hours and 20 minutes
The first production on the stage of the SABT named after A.Navoi was held in 1984.
The last production in the SABT named after A.Navoi was held on February 24, 2016.
The first act
The first scene
The tribe buries its leader. A prosperous Sak Frada and the wife of the leader Tomiris claim the throne. With the support of his supporters, Frada enters into an argument with Tomiris, which the people want to see as a queen. In a tough fight Tomiris defeats Frada. Sak people proclaim her as their mistress.
King of Persia Cyrus rests in his summer residence. Frada, who betrayed his people, informs the king that one of his satrapies declared independence. The ruler of the world is furious. He is ready to go immediately to the insurgent tribe. But Frada tells him about the beauty of the Queen of Saks, and the “king of kings”, not yet seeing Tomiris, fell in love with her. The priests propose to resolve the dispute peacefully. Cyrus sends a large embassy led by Frada to the Queen of Saks. He should give her rich gifts and a crown as a sign of proposal to Tomiris to become the wife of the Persian king.
The third scene
Spargapa appears. He is surrounded by boys and girls, and Rayyada – the beloved of Spargapa is among them. In a merry dance, Rayyada wants to captivate Spargapa, but Tomiris stops them. Spargapa introduces Tomiris to Rayyada. The Queen blesses her son and his bride. Wedding party of Spargapa and Rayyada is in full swing. Tomiris is happy. Suddenly, the fun is interrupted by the emergence of Persian ambassadors, and the traitor Frada is among them. He sends the queen a proposal to share the bed with the "king of kings" and presents his gift - a golden crown. Tomiris is tormented by conflicting feelings: she’s seduced by the desire to be the wife of the “king of kings”, but she also understands that to accept the crown is to betray her people, which will fall into Cyrus’s cruel dependence, and to refuse the proposal means to enter the war. Tomiris decides on the latter in the name of the freedom of his people.
The second act
The fourth scene
Cyrus is waiting for an answer of Tomiris. Ambassadors return, and Frada gives Cyrus the crown, rejected by the Queen of Saks. An angry Cyrus severely punishes Frada and takes an immediate decision - to go to war with the Saks tribe and subdue its proud queen Tomiris by force. Warriors solemnly hand to Cyrus a sword - a symbol of war.
The fifth scene
Rayyada and Spargapa are alone. Carried away, they run into the forward detachments of the Persian troops and are captured by them. The Persian king rejoices: now fate itself gives the Sak queen to his hands. Cyrus hands Rayyada an amulet plucked from Spargapa's chest - a gift of his mother, which the girl must hand over to Tomiris. Sak Amazons break in, a bloody battle begins. The battle is interrupted by the appearance of Tomiris. Cyrus throws the captive Spargapa at her feet. Tomiris is in despair, she can save her son only at the cost of her submission to Cyrus. But Spargapa decides his own fate himself - he grabs a dagger and commits suicide. Mother's grief is inconsolable. But the feeling of hatred for the murderer stirred up huge forces in Tomiris. She courageously engages in battle with Cyrus, and the “king of kings,” defeated in a fierce battle, falls at the feet of Tomiris.
The sixth scene (epilogue)
Morning of the new day. Tomiris stays under the rays of the rising sun. Defeated Persian warriors stay in front of her on their knees. Tomiris breaks the sword - a symbol of war over their heads. Sak people praise the onset of a new peaceful day!