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Daegu International Opera Festival

A Representative Performing Arts Festival in Korea and a Mecca for Opera in Asia

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The largest international opera event in Asia, the Daegu International Opera Festival (DIOF) has been held for 14 consecutive years since 2003, the year when the Daegu Opera House opened. The festival, which is held over one month every autumn, draws the audience from all over the country. It is considered to help people get familiar with opera and play a significant role in the development of local arts and culture.

Until 2016, 169 operas and 336 performances of other genres have been offered to 500,000 attendees. With the participation of opera theaters and organizations from 108 countries, including Italy, Germany, and Russia, the festival is enhancing its status based on continuous international exchange

Results of the Daegu International Opera Festival in the Last Five Years (2012- 2016)

최근 5년간 대구국제오페라축제 성과 내역 구분, 주요작품, 참여예술인수, 관람객수를 안내하는 표
Year Major Works No. of Participant Artists No. of Audiences
2012 (10th)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): The Memory of Cheongna Hill
  • Opera Wrocławska (Poland): Nabucco
  • Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany): Der Fliegende Hollander
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Don Giovanni
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Carmen
2,417(domestic: 2,103 / foreign: 314) 32,583
2013 (11th)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): La Forza del Destino
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): The Memory of Cheongna Hill
  • Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno (Italy): Tosca
  • Korea National Opera (Korea): Don Carlo
  • Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany): Tannhauser
2,046(domestic: 1,819 / foreign: 227) 30,462
2014 (12th)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Turandot
  • Korea National Opera (Korea): Romeo and Juliet
  • Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno (Italy): La Traviata
  • Yeongnam Opera (Korea): Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  • Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany): Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
1,904 (domestic: 1,837 / foreign: 67) 35,767
2015년 (13th)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Aida
  • Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany): Lohengrin
  • Yeongnam Opera (Korea): Rigoletto
  • Korea National Opera (Korea): Les Pêcheurs de Perles
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): The Treasure of the Nation “Gaya”
2,549(domestic: 2,177 / foreign: 372) 35,692
2016 (14th)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): La Boheme
  • Theater Bonn (Germany): Fidelio
  • Landestheater Linz (Austria): Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Korea National Opera (Korea): Tosca
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Carmen
2,102 (domestic: 1,870 /  foreign: 232) 86,926

With the opening of the Daegu Opera House in August 2003, the plan was drawn up to forge the city into a mecca for opera in the world, and the 2003 Daegu Festival was organized as an initial move. In 2017, the 15th Daegu International Opera Festival is scheduled.

Positioning itself early on as a cultural brand representing “Performing Arts City Daegu,” the festival has grown beyond the city and became a representative festival in Asia. Undoubtedly, excellent human resources and outstanding facilities such as the Daegu Opera House have provided a fertile ground for the thriving of the festival.

As a large-scale opera festival based on a singular integrated system from planning to production, which is quite rare in Korea, the DIOF has contributed to the development of Korean opera and at the same time, generated positive effects such as enhanced branding of the city, revitalization of tourism by attracting spectators from other cities, and the growth of related industries.

Posters of the Daegu International Opera Festival, 2003-2016

  • 2003대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2004대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2005대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2006대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2007대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2008대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2009대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2010대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2011대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2012대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2013대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2014대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2015대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2016대국 국제오페라축제

Daegu International Musical Festival

An International Performance Festival Attracting Attention from the Global Musical Community

The Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF) is an international event held every summer since the Pre-DIMF in 2006, hosted by Daegu Metropolitan City and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, in order to build Daegu as a musical-centered city and home to the world’s first festival specializing in musical.

Performances at the Daegu International Musical Festival

Some of the main programs of the festival are: performances of invited foreign musicals through continuous exchange with overseas productions; support for original Korean musicals; the College Musical Festival held to discover young talents; celebrations and DIMF Awards; and a variety of additional events for citizens of all ages to enjoy.

As the first international musical festival in Asia which draws productions, professionals in performing arts, and the general public, the DIMF has become a cultural brand representing the city. Over the past nine years, 1.25 million audiences have attended a total of 197 musicals.

Results of the Daegu International Musical Festival in the Last Five Years (2012-2016)

Results of the Daegu International Musical Festival in the Last Five Years (2012-2016)
Year No. of Works Participant Countries No. of Festival Participants No. of Audiences
2012 (6th) 23 France, United States, Russia, and China 104,927 47,198
2013 (7th) 24 United States, Czech Republic, United Kingdoms, and Korea-Japan 142,529 50,836
2014 (8th) 17 Slovakia, China, Russia, France, and Kazakhstan 66,795 31,683
2015 (9th) 19 United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Germany, Taiwan, and China 109,137 42,536
2016 (10th) 22 United Kingdom, China, Slovakia, and Russia 49.014 49,014

Posters of the Daegu International Musical Festival 2007-2016

  • 제1회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제2회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제3회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제4회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제5회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제6회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제7회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제8회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌
  • 제9회 대구국제뮤지컬페스티벌

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