Posted : 2012-12-14 16:52
Updated : 2012-12-14 16:52

Korean premiere of 'Parsifal'

By Do Je-hae

A major theme in the world of classical music next year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

The Korea National Opera (KNO) will stage some of the most significant works of the two opera masters in its upcoming season.

In particular, the company will stage the Korean premiere of "Parsifal," the last of Wagner's work, in October 2013.

"'Parsifal' is the biggest challenge for us next year. The production will show our artistic maturity," KNO Executive Director Kim Eui-joon said during a recent press conference in Seoul."

The five-hour-long opera is in three acts, and is loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Parzival," the 13th century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival and his quest for the Holy Grail.

In April 2013, the company will stage "Don Carlos" and "Falstaff" by Verdi.
Other highlights of the KNO next year are Puccini's "La Boheme" and Bizet's "Carmen."

The KNO will wrap up the year with gala performances on Dec. 29 and 30 at Seoul Arts Center.

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