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Seoul Arts Center*
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Guiseppe Verdi, the Korea National Opera Company will perform “Falstaff,” the Italian composer’s final piece before his death, at the Seoul Arts Center. The plot of the opera was written by Italian poet and novelist Arrigo Boito, who borrowed heavily from William Shakespeare’s plays “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV.”In this version of the opera, Baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore and baritone Han Myung-won will alternate in the role as protagonist Sir John Falstaff. Tickets cost 10,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, call (02) 586-5282 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
‘Scenes from La Traviata’
Pony Chung Hall
Soprano Lee Eun-hee and tenor Jeong Neung-hwa will perform in Guiseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Pony Chung Hall in southern Seoul, extending the performance arts center’s series of concerts that started from last year. Located near exit 7 of Samseong Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 30,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2008-8811 or visit www.ponychunghall.com.
Richard Yongjae O’Neill
Seoul Arts Center*
Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill will perform in Seoul. O’Neill is a recipient of Avery Fisher Career Grant, an award given to promising classical musicians, and has been twice nominated to the Grammy Award category of best soloist with orchestra. O’Neil’s popularity in Korea rose after his life story as a Korean War (1950-53) orphan adopted to the United States was featured in the KBS television documentary series “Human Theater.” The violist will perform Rebecca Clarke’s “Viola Sonata,” Schubert’s “Winterreise Opus 89,” Jacques Offenbach’s “Jacqueline’s Tears” and Antonio Vitali’s “Chaconne in G minor.” Tickets cost 30,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5256 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Subsidiary Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex
American singer and song writer Jason Mraz comes to Seoul in May. Since his 2002 debut album, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come,” Mraz has garnered immense popularity. His 2008 album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things,” sold 140,000 copies in Korea, a surprising number in a market dictated by online downloads. This will be his sixth visit to Korea. He will be performing some of his biggest hits like “I Won’t Give Up,” “Geek in the Pink” and “I’m Yours.” Located near exit 6 and 7 of Sports Complex Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 110,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (02) 332-3277 or visit www.interpark.com.
Irish rock band The Script will meet Korean fans at last. The trio — vocalist Danny O’Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power — established themselves as a crowd favorite in many countries after the success of their 2001 debut album, which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. The band released its third album, “#3,” in June last year to critical acclaim and O’Donoghue became better known to a younger generation of music lovers after appearing on the British talent show “The Voice UK” as a vocal coach. Tickets cost 110,000 won. For more information, call (02) 6925-1818 or visit www.uniqlo-ax.com.
‘The Peranakan World: Cross-cultural Art from Singapore and the Straits’
National Museum of Korea
March 19-May 19
This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to glimpse the culture and heritage of Peranakans, or the descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Southeast Asia. Clothing, tableware and accessories, made between the late-19th and early 20th century, provided by the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore, will highlight the display. Located near exit 4 of Ichon Station, subway line 4 and the Jungang Line. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit www.museum.go.kr.
Pop & Jazz
Bae Chi Gi
Hip hop group Bae Chi Gi will hold a concert at Hongdae in their first concert after the members completed their compulsory military service. They will sing their hits like “Nice to Meet You,” “Two Guys” and “Shower of Tears,” which was released last January as the third track of their mini album “4 Part 2.”Located near exit 9 of Hongik University Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 55,000 won. For more information, call (02) 371-9194 or visit www.interpark.com.
Naru Culture & Arts Center
American composer and pianist Brian Crain will hold a concert in Seoul. Koreans are familiar with his work, which is frequently used in television dramas, documentaries and commercials. At the concert, entitled “Love, the Story of Spring,” he will perform his familiar pieces such as “Butterfly Waltz,” “Song for Sienna” and “A Walk in the Forest,” and new pieces from the latest album “Piano and Violin Duet.” Located near exit 5 of Konkuk University Station, subway lines 2 and 7. Tickets cost 20,000 to 40,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2049-4711 or visit www.naruart.or.kr
E Z Hyoung
Mapo Arts Center
Singer songwriter E Z Hyoung will hold a concert in Seoul. E Z Hyoung made his debut in 2001 with the band Weeper, and released his first solo album, “Radio Dayz,” in 2006. He received the Best Male Solo Artist Award at the Korean Music Awards in 2007. His song “A Passionate Goodbye,” became a belated hit after rapper Psy rerecorded it for his recent album, which included the global hit “Gangnam Style.” Located near exit 2 of Daeheung Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 44,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.interpark.com.
LG Arts Center*
Japanese guitarist Kotaro Oshio performs in southern Seoul. Oshio became popular in Japan in 2001 after his song “Blue Sky” from his second album “Love Strings” was used as the theme song of a talk show broadcast on Tokyo television. In Korea, his song “Twilight” from his first album“Starting Point” is particularly popular. Tickets cost 55,000 to 88,000 won. For more information, call (02) 522-1886 or visit www.lgart.com.
‘2013 Amoebahood Concert’
Olympic Hall, Olympic Park*
Hip hop artists under the Amoeba Culture label, which includes Dynamic Duo, will hold a concert at the southern Seoul sporting venue. The label was established in 2006 by Gaeko and Choiza of Dynamic Duo. Supreme Team, Yankie, Zion. T, Planet Shiver, Rhythm Power and Dynamic Duo will perform in this concert. Tickets cost 77,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call (02) 371-8567 or visit www.interpark.com.
Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Olympic Park*
Legendary Spanish singer and song writer Julio Iglesias will perform in Seoul. Iglesias, who sold over 300 million albums throughout his career, has performed in Korea numerous times since first performing around the Seoul Summer Olympics in 1988. In his upcoming concert, he will sing his biggest hits like “Hey,” “Crazy,” “All of You,” “Nathalie” and “Amor.” Tickets cost 90,000 to 220,000 won. For more information, call (02) 407 2589 or visit www.interpark.com.
Plays & Musicals
‘Sweet, Come to Me Stealthily’
Seoul Arts Center*
Through March 31
“Sweet, Come to Me Stealthily,” which is known as the first Korean contemporary musical that debuted in 1966, will once again be staged at the Seoul Arts Center. Based on the traditional folk lore of “Baebijangjeon,” the musical revolves around the story of Aerang, a female entertainer who looks to seduce a regional officer, who tries to stay faithful to his deceased wife. Tickets cost 44,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3496-8820 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Chungmu Art Hall
Through April 21
Veteran actor Um Ki-joon will join some of the leading stars in K-pop, including Super Junior’s Kyu Hyun, 2PM’s Jun.K and 2AM’s Lee Chang-min in the musical adaptation of the “Three Musketeers,” based on the eponymous novel by Alexandre Dumas. Lee will play D’Artagnan. The concert venue is located near exit 9 of Sindang Station, subway lines 2 and 6. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 764-7857 or visit www.musicalthreemusketeers.com.
Through March 10
The translated version of the David Hare play “Amy’s View” will be staged at the central Seoul theater. Originally premiering in London in 1997, the plot revolves around the story of Amy, played by Suh Eun-keyong, her boyfriend Dominic, played by Jeong Seung-gil, and Amy’s mother Esme, played by Yoo So-jung. Esme, a veteran stage actress, dislikes Dominic, who thinks light of traditional theater and aspires to be a film director. Esme’s confrontational style breeds conflict with her daughter as well. Located near exit 6 of Myeongdong Station, subway line 4. Tickets cost 20,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call 1644-2003 or visit www.mdtheater.or.kr.
LG Arts Center*
Through March 31
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel of the same title, the musical “Rebecca” is on stage in Seoul. The novel was also made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 as his first American project, and won two Academy Awards. Yoo Jun-sang, Ryu Jung-han and Oh Man-seok perform as wealthy widower Maxim DeWinter who cannot forget his late wife Rebecca. Im Hye-young and Kim Bo-kyung will perform as “I” who falls in love with DeWinter while traveling to Monte Carlo. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2005-0114.
‘Marguerite & Armand’
LG Arts Center*
Prominent ballerina Kim Joo-won will perform at southern Seoul in April. Kim, a guest principal dancer of the Korean National Ballet Company, is the recipient of the 2002 Prima Ballerina Award presented by the Korean Dance Association and bronze medalist in the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition. The artist will perform “Marguerite & Armand,” created by famous choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton in 1963. Tickets cost 40,000 to 100,000 won.