2020. 6. 17 TicketCanceled/ postponed shows
With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of letting up, especially in Seoul and Gyeonggi over the recent weeks, the Korean government decided to extend its re-implemented social distancing guidelines indefinitely.
In line with the move, some national theaters have canceled their scheduled shows.
“The Complete Performance of Pansori,” slated for June 20 at the National Theater of Korea, central Seoul, was called off.
Original theatrical performance “Fireworks,” slated between June 18 and July 12, at NTC Creative Space Pan, central Seoul, has been canceled, too.
A THREE-COLORED FLOWER FOR GAYAGEUM AND CELLO
June 26: National Orchestra of Korea will live-stream a series of concerts as part of its online music festival every Friday until July 3. Its upcoming June 26 show is a cross-over concert, in which cello, gayageum (Korean zither) and janggu (hourglass-shaped drum) performers play an instrumental track together that is themed on a flower with three colors.
The concert starts at 2 p.m. It is available at the official YouTube channel of the National Orchestra of Korea (https://www.youtube.com/ntoknok) or on Naver TV (https://tv.naver.com/ntok).
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater
Through Aug. 9: The growing pains of genius musician Mozart unfold on the stage in the musical “Mozart!” which returns to Korea nearly four years since it was last performed. “Mozart!” revolves around the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Under the guidance of his strict yet loving father, Mozart and his sister Nannerl have performed for aristocrats since they were young, but now that he is older, Mozart grows sick of the society he belongs to. He wants to escape from reality, so he goes on a trip.
But the death of Mozart’s mother eventually brings him back to his former life. And the musician makes up his mind to stand up against people who try to control his life. The musical took home 11 prizes from various local musical awards when it premiered in 2016.
Singer-actor Kim Jun-su, a member of K-pop boy band JYJ, and musical actors Park Kang-hyun and Park Eun-tae will alternate in the role of Mozart.
The musical starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets cost between 70,000 won ($58) to 150,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
The Zoom Arts Center
June 24 - July 5: The internationally acclaimed pansori (traditional narrative singing) performer Lee Ja-ram presents a pansori performance based on the novel “Bon Voyage, Mr. President!” written by Gabriel Garcia Márquez.
The performance premiered in Seoul in 2016 and went on a nationwide tour. Lee also presented the performance in countries including France, Taiwan, Romania and Japan.
The show is set in Geneva. Homero and his wife are foreign workers struggling to make ends meet by doing chores at a hospital. One day, the couple comes across the former president of their country, who lands in Geneva to cure his illness.
Through the encounter of the three strangers who all happen to be in Geneva, the performance sheds light on the life of people who are relocated from their homes.
Lee is well known for putting spins on pansori by combining it with various music genres.
All seats are priced at 66,000 won.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. during weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 3.
National Theater of Korea, Daloreum Theater
July 3, 4: Three promising musicians with different musical backgrounds gather together to perform as part of the annual Yeowoorak Festival.
Hosted by the National Theater of Korea, the festival, in its 11th year, has been making efforts to show the beauty of traditional Korean music by blending it with other genres of music from classical to jazz to hip-hop.
For “Sam-hap,” three young Korean musicians join forces. Daegeum (large bamboo transverse flute) player Lee A-ram, pansori (narrative singing) performer Kim Jun-su, who enjoys as much popularity as a K-pop boy band, and Jung Jae-il, a music director who has worked on famed domestic films such as “Parasite” (2019), work on the theme of this year’s festival “Here and Now” to represent Korean music of today.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on July 3 and 4 p.m. on July 4.
All seats are priced at 30,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
OPERA CARNIVAL 2020
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
July 11: Up-and-coming opera singers perform arias and modern pop. The five vocalists include two bases Sonn Hye-soo, Son Tae-jin and tenor Kim Hyun-soo, a member of cross-over group Forte di Quattro. Jeong Phillip, who is often dubbed as Korea’s Andrea Bocelli, and baritone Kim Joo-taek will also take part.
In order to make opera more accessible to those who are new to it, the organizer of the concert said traditional opera singers and cross-over musicians will perform together.
The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 121,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Blue Square, Interpark Hall
Through Aug. 7: The musical centers around Christine, who used to be an obscure singer but finds herself filling in for leading soprano Carlotta and eventually soaring to stardom. But Christine is abducted from her dressing room one day by a disfigured man dubbed The Phantom of the Opera. Although Christine is released the condition that she will stay devoted to The Phantom, Raoul, who is in love with Christine, promises that he will confront her abductor.
The plot is the same, but the producers reportedly upgraded all of the show’s props, including the chandelier — a key piece in the musical.
Jonathan Roxmouth will play The Phantom, while Claire Lyon is playing Christine and Matt Leisy is playing Raoul.
Lyon played the same role in 2012 when “The Phantom of the Opera” premiered in Seoul.
The musical is in English, and Korean subtitles will be provided.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
After the Seoul show, the musical will move to Daegu in July for about two months.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 170,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.