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International Performance of Daegu’s Original Musical Turandot & Establishment of Korea’s Largest Art Market and Asia Musical Platform

Daegu International Music Festival (DIMF) is a platform where original Korean musicals can go global. After signing a memorandum of understanding with the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009, Daegu and New York have been bringing each other’s outstanding original musicals to the stage. This has turned the DIMF into an art market for musicals from all over the world.

The 12th DIMF Musical Turandot, 
Standing Ovation at the12th DIMF Closing Performance

In 2010, the DIMF committed to holding forums and exchanging musicals with Dongguan City and the Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Company. After its opening performance at the DIMF in 2010, the original musical Turandot was performed in Hangzhou, Dongguan , and NIngbo in China in 2012. The musical was invited to the 16th China Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2014 as well as to the China’s renowned Harbin Summer Music Festival in 2016 where the tickets were all sold out, rising in status as a global opera.

In 2018, the DIMF also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Harmonia Holdings, a major performance distributor whose headquarter is located in New York City with offices including Singapore. The agreement led to the export of the first DIMF-made musical Turandot in Slovakia’s Divadlo Nová scéna and granted license to the 6 Eastern European Countries for the first time in the history of Korean creative musical.

International Exchanges of the Daegu International Musical Festival

International Exchanges of the Daegu International Musical Festival
City / Organization of Agreement Content of Agreement Date of Agreement
New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF)
  • Invite the DIMF’s original musical to the NYMF
  • Invite the NYMF’s original musical to the DIMF 
Feb. 2, 2009
Dongguan City, China
  • Co-hosting of the Musical Forum by the DIMF, Dongguan City, and New York City
  • Songlei Award
  • Exchange performance of the DIMF’s original musical
  • Cooperative production of the musical Turandot
Aug. 6, 2010
Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Company Aug. 6, 2010
Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Company
  • Grant license to the DIMF’s musical Turandot in China
June 18, 2011
New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF)
  • Linking opening and closing performances between the DIMF and the NYMF
July 6, 2011
Jinan City, China
  • Cultural exchanges including the performance of the DIMF’s Turandot
Feb. 27, 2012
China Shanghai International Arts Festival
  • Cultural Exchanges including the performance of the DIMF’s Turandot
March 12, 2014
Harbin Entertainment Group Limited Liability Company
  • Cultural Exchanges including the performance of the DIMF’s Turandot
April 13, 2016
Harmonia Holdings, Ltd, U.S.
  • Exchange performance of the DIMF and Korean musical
  • Establishment of ‘DIMF Awards’ <Harmonia Holdings Prize> and support for training in New York
    : A winner of <Harmonia Holdings Prize> will get a training opportunity at Broadway, New York
July 7, 2018
Divadlo Nová scéna, Slovakia
  • DIMF-made Musical Turandot sign a MoU for the first time in the history of Korean creative musical with the 6 Eastern European Countries
    (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany)
Sep. 13, 2018

Daegu Opera House Targets Asian Market After Success in Europe

Along with the growth of ‘Daegu International Opera Festival’ opened in 2003, the Daegu Opera House(DOH) has continued to promote exchanges with overseas theaters and organizations each year.

After performing its own production of La Traviata at the China Hangzhou theater in 2010. the Opera House performed its own operas in Germany(2011), Turkey(2012), and Poland(2013), thus demonstrating its own opera production capabilities to the world.

Its La Traviata, which was staged at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany) in 2015, received an explosive response, and the performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), which was produced by the Daegu Opera House, was sold out at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno (Italy).

La Traviata staged at the Shanghai Grand Theater, China,		Madama Butterfly staged at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany

In 2016, Korean opera singers performed Madama Butterfly at Theater Bonn in Germany, Beethoven’s hometown, garnering high praise from the local audience. In May 2017, Puccini’s La Boheme produced by the Opera Foundation was performed in Hiroshima, Japan. The Opera House performed the co-produced opera Il trittico at Taiwan National Theater and Daegu Opera House in July 2017, widening the global network amongst Asia opera market.

The Daegu Opera House has also been officially invited to join the jury at the most prestigious global competitions such as the International Competition for Opera Singers "Ferruccio Tagliavini," the International Opera Competition "Magda Olivero," the International Competition for Young Opera Singers "Riccardo Zandonai," and the Concorso Internazionale "Vincenzo Bellini." In addition, it is carrying out exchanges in diverse fields by signing performance exchange agreements with Europe.

International Exchanges of the Daegu Opera House

International Exchanges of the Daegu Opera House
City / Organization of Agreement Content of Agreement Date of Agreement
Prague National Theater (Národní divadlo), Czech Republic Establish a sister theater relationship 2005.
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany Establish a sister theater relationship 2005.
Hangzhou Theatre, China Local performance of La Traviata produced by the Daegu Opera House Oct. 2010
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany First performance in Europe of Madama Butterfly produced by the Daegu Opera House April. 2011
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, Turkey Local performance of La Traviata produced by the Daegu Opera House June. 2012
Theatre Wroclaw, Poland Local performance of co-produced opera Carmen May. 2013
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany Korean singers’ performance in La Traviata May. 2014
Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno, Italy Local performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia produced by the Daegu Opera House May. 2014
Theater Bonn, Germany Korean singers’ performance in Madama Butterfly June. 2016
JMS Aster Plaza, Hiroshima, Japan Local performance of La Bohème produced by the Daegu Opera House May. 2017
Taipei National Theatre, Taiwan Local performance of co-produced opera Il trittico July. 2017
Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, Hungary Local performance of creative opera ‘Immortal Love’ as concertante April. 2019

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