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Two of Mozart’s famous musical tales of romance and quests are to be staged in Korea this month.
The first one is about a man who broke the hearts of over 1,000 Spanish women, 640 Italians, 230 Germans and many more French and Turkish females.
It is the opera “Don Giovanni,” probably the world’s best known womanizer, who Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart immortalized in music.
The Seoul Arts Center and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden will jointly present the opera, featuring the baritone Gino Quilico and the bass Sim In-sung as co-stars in the title role.
Quilico is one of the most sought-after lyric baritones in the world and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala.
Sim is the preferred Korean singer for lead roles. He has won various international competitions, including third prize in the 2005 Queen Sonja Competition.
In the cast is another Korean performer, the bass Youn Kwang-chul, who came to prominence through his roles in operas by Richard Wagner and Mozart. He will play Leporello, a servant of Don Giovanni.
The Seongnam Arts Center near Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, will also stage Mozart’s “Magic Flute” for five days with an entirely Korean cast.
Soprano Lee Suk-hyeong will display her vocal range as the “Queen of the Night.”


by Lee Min-a

“Don Giovanni” will be held at the Seoul Arts Center from April 20 to 23. The Seoul Arts Center is near the Nambu Express Bus Terminal station on subway line No. 3. Tickets cost from 20,000 won ($20) to 120,000 won. More information is available at (02) 580- 1300.
“The Magic Flute” will be held at the Seongnam Arts Center in Gyeonggi province from April 25 to 30. Tickets are 30,000 won to 100,000 won. Call (031) 783-8000.
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