Annagul Annakuliyeva

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Annagul Annakuliyeva (Russian: Аннагуль АннаКулиева) (December 31, 1924 – July 18, 2009) was a Turkmen soprano opera singer and film actress.[1] Annakuliyeva was the first internationally known opera singer to emerge from Turkmenistan.[1]

Annakuliyeva first began singing at the Turkmen Opera and Ballet Theater in Ashgabat, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union in 1941.[1] She starred as the lead role in the opera, Zohre and Tahyr, at the theater.[1]

Annakuliyeva performed throughout the Soviet Union during her theater and opera career.[1] She also appeared in a number of Soviet films, some of which were directed by her husband, director Alty Garliyev.[1] Annakuliyeva was named a People's Artist of the USSR by the Soviet government in recognition of her professional accomplishments in the arts, especially opera.[1]

The President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov officially banned opera in the country in 2001.[1] However, Niyazov's successor, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, lifted the ban in 2008, making opera legal in Turkmenistan again.[1]

Annagul Annakuliyeva died on July 18, 2009, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, at the age of 85 after a long illness.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Turkmen Opera Star Dies At 85". Radio Free Europe. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-30.

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