The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea National Opera, and Korea Opera Company Association will hold a “Hangang Opera Festival with Citizens” as the opening ceremony of the 2011 Korea Opera Festival (second) at the Media Art Gallery on the Floating Island at Banpo Hangang Park at 7:30 pm on June 18.
The opening performance, to be held as a gala concert, will feature highlights from Mozart’s three masterpieces, namely The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte, along with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, under the theme of “A Night of Exciting Operas by Mozart and Rossini,” offering joyful, entertaining performances to the public.
At this year’s event, audiences will have an opportunity to witness operatic performances on an outdoor aquatic stage for the first time in Korea’s opera history, against the backdrop of the Hangang, one of the City’s most beautiful and romantic spaces. With this performance, which is something of a watershed, Korea is expected to usher in a new era of aquatic operas that will decorate sultry summer nights with beautiful operatic music.
The 2011 Korea Opera Festival will be held at the Seoul Arts Center from June 23 to July 24 under the theme “This Is Opera” to present the very best of Korean opera works.
In addition, a “Noeul Concert” will also take place on the Floating Island every Sunday from June 19 to August 28. Visitors will have an opportunity to appreciate beautiful acoustic music while watching the Hangang amid the nighttime glow.
For further information on the events, please visit the Seoul Metropolitan Hangang Project Headquarters website at (http://hangang.seoul.go.kr), or dial the Press Relations Division at the Hangang Project Headquarters at (+82-2-3780-0776).