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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 internatioanl opera in Asia, the Daegu International Opera Festival (DIOF) has been held for 16 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.

The DIOF has been reported to have 500,000 audience since the beginning. 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 exchanges.

Results of the Daegu International Opera Festival in the Last Five Years (2012- 2018)

Results of the Daegu International Opera Festival in the Last Five Years Year, Major Works, No. of Participant Artists, No. of Audiences
Year No. of Events (Scale) Major Works No. of Participant Artists No. of Audiences
2014
(12th)
136
(performances: 21, special/additional events: 115)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Turandot
  • Daegu Opera House / Korea National Opera (Korea): Romeo and Juliet
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno (Italy): La Traviata
  • Daegu Opera House / Yeongnam Opera (Korea): Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany): Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
1,904 (domestic: 1,837 / foreign from 12 countries: 67 ) 35,767
2015
(13th)
139
(performances: 27, special/additional events: 112)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Aida
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany): Lohengrin
  • Daegu Opera House / Yeongnam Opera (Korea): Rigoletto
  • Daegu Opera House / Korea National Opera (Korea): Les Pêcheurs de Perles
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): The Treasure of the Nation “Gaya”
2,549(domestic: 2,177 / foreign from 12 countries: 372) 35,692
2016
(14th)
139
(performances: 23, special/additional events: 116)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): La Boheme
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Theater Bonn (Germany): Fidelio
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Landestheater Linz (Austria): Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Daegu Opera House / Korea National Opera (Korea): Tosca
  • Daegu Opera House / Seongnam Cultural Foundation (Korea): Carmen
2,102 (domestic: 1,870 / foreign from 22 countries: 232) 86,926
2017
(15th)
142
(performances: 32, special/additional events: 110)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Rigoletto
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Taiwan National Philharmonic Orchestra (Taiwan): Il Trittico
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Aida
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Immortal Love
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Deutsche Oper Berlin (Germany): Flying Dutchman
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Mörbisch Operetta Festival (Austria): Die Fledermaus
  • Small Theater Operas: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ ‘RITA’ ‘Pagliacci’ ‘IWHA COUPLE’
1,770
(domestic: 1,565 / foreign from 14 countries: 206)
40,364
2018
(16th)
137
(performances 30, special/additional events: 107)
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): Don Carlo
  • Daegu Opera House / Yeongnam Opera (Korea): The Praise of Death
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Mörbisch Operetta Festival (Austria): Die Lustige Witwe
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea): La Traviata
  • Daegu Opera House (Korea) / Deutsche Oper Berlin (Germany): Salome
  • Small Theater Operas: ‘La Pizza con funghi’ ‘Nolbujeon’ ‘La Serva Padrona’ ‘In the fields taken away’
1,612
(domestic: 1,580 / foreign from 15 countries: 32)
49,232

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 2018, the 16th Daegu International Opera Festival shows 93 percent of the ticket sales, proving the power of the "Performing Arts-Centered City in Daegu" once again.

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. By doing so the festival was rated at the highest rank in 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2017 on the assessment results of Government-supported project by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, targeting local specialized performing arts and festivals.

Posters of the Daegu International Opera Festival, 2003-2018

  • 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
  • 2017대국 국제오페라축제
  • 2018대국 국제오페라축제

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