Famous people of Shusha

The people of Shusha made it the pearl of the Caucasus, the cradle of our culture, the mugham-singing heart of Azerbaijan

Famous people of Shusha

Ali Zulalov

Ali Abdul oghlu Zulalov (13 September 1893 – 18 February 1963) was an Azerbaijani opera singer and Honored Artist of the Azerbaijani SSR.

Ali Zulalov was born on September 13, 1893 in Shusha. After the death of his father Abdul Zulalov in 1898, he and his brother Gambar Zulalov were taken into the care of his uncle Bulbuljan. He graduated from Shusha Realni School. Ali Zulalov started his stage career in 1917 in Shusha. Uzeyir Hajibeyov, who was friends with Bulbuljan, hired him to the choir of the opera and operetta troupe he led during a one-year probationary period. He began performing in the musical performances of Academic National Drama Theatre from early 1920s to 1925. Ali Zulalov was one of the first performers of female roles after Ahmad Aghdamski. Ali Zulalov later graduated from Baku Music College and the Azerbaijan State Conservatory. From 1925 to 1952, he worked at Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1938, within the framework of the Decade of Azerbaijani Art, he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour for his role as Mullah Mutallim in Muslim Magomayev’s Nargiz opera.

Ali Zulalov died on February 18, 1963 in Baku.