‘Die Fledermaus' Seoul Arts Center* Through Dec. 1
The Korea National Opera will perform Johann Strauss'comic operetta, "Die Fledermaus" or "The Bat" to celebrate its 50th anniversary under the direction of Britain's Stephen Lawless. The operetta's setting has been changed to the 1920s and the 1930s when the Great Depression hit the world. Tickets cost 10,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, call (02)586-5282 or visit sac.or.kr.
David Formisano Seoul Arts Center* Dec. 1
Italian flutist David Formisano will hold a concert in Korea. As a soloist, he has performed with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Ensemble. In his concert, he will play Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partita for Flute Solo," Sergey Prokofiev's "Sonata in D," Albert Roussel's "Joueurs de Flute" and Paul Taffanel's "Grande Fantasie sur Mignon."Tickets cost 30,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 461-6712 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Korean Symphony Orchestra Project Concert – Farewell Concert 2012 Seoul Arts Center* Dec. 1
The Korean Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of Lee Yoon-kook. They will play Tchaikovsky's "Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G minor, Op. 55" with conductor Mikhail Pletnev, and Johannes Brahms' "Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77" featuring violinist Alina Pogostkina. Tickets cost 10,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 590-1300 or visit sac.or.kr.
Choe Jong-woo Youngsan Art Hall Nov. 30
Baritone Choe Jong-woo will hold a concert at Youngsan Art Hall in Yeouido, Seoul. Having studied under Aldo Protti, Genni Anvelt, Leone Magiera, and Piero Cappuccilli, Choe will sing F.P. Tosti's "Tormento," A. Caldara's "Come Raggio Di Sol," G. Donizetti's "Amore e Morte" Jang Il-nam's "I'm Still Waiting forYou," and Hong Nanpa's "Singosan Taryeong." Located near exit 1 of Yeouinaru Station, subway line 5. Tickets cost 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 581-5404 or visit www.youngsanarthall.co.kr.
Pop & Jazz
Jo Sung-mo Uniqlo AX Dec. 1
In his concert titled "Memory 1998, popular singer Jo will sing hit numbers since his debut in 1998 such as "To Heaven," "Goodbye My Love," "Thorn Tree" and "Do You Know." Located at exit 2 of Gwangnaru Station, subway line 5. Tickets cost 99,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call 1599-0701 or visit www.uniqlo-ax.com.
Diablo KT&G Sangsang Madang Live Hall Dec. 1-2
Heavy metal band "Diablo" will hold a concert in Seoul. The band will distribute their new album to all audience members and all the profits from the concert will be donated to the Korea Youth Counseling & Welfare Institute. Located near exit 9 of Hongik University Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 55,000 won. For more information, call (02) 554-9623 or visit www.sangsangmadang.com.
The Real Group Christmas Concert Seoul Arts Center* Dec. 10
Swedish a cappella group, the Real Group, will hold a concert in Seoul. The members consist of Emma Nilsdotter, Kerstin Ryhed Lundin, Katarina Henryson, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther, and Anders Jalkéus. They will perform such their hit numbers as "I Sing You Sing," "Small Talk," "Substitute for Life," "Let It Snow," "Nature Boy" and "The Christmas Song." Tickets cost 40,000 to 120,000 won. For more information call (02) 599-5743 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Windy City & Shin Hyun-pill KT&G Sangsang Madang Live Hall Nov. 30
Reggae band Windy City and jazz saxophonist Shin Hyun-pill will perform together at Hongdae in Seoul. They will present Windy City's hit numbers such as "Silky Silky Love Song," "This Crazy World," and pieces from Shin's new album, "NU-STREAM." Tickets cost 33,000 won. Located near exit 9 of Hongik University Station, subway line 2. For more information, call (02) 330-6200 or visit www.sangsangmadang.com.
Lee So-ra LG Arts Center* Through Dec. 2 & Dec. 4-5
Vocalist Lee So-ra will take to the stage with a concert titled "Winter," where she will feature her hit numbers "The Wind Blows," "Tears," "Please," "I'm Happy," and "Propose." Tickets cost 55,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.lgart.com.
Spyair Live in Seoul 2012 Hongdae V-Hall Dec. 1
This young band from Nagoya, Japan started their career playing on the street. Two years and four months after their debut, they performed at the Budokan, the dream stage for Japanese artists in December. The members of the group are Ike, Uz, Momiken, Kenta, and DJ Enzel. Tickets cost 55,000 won. For more information, visit interpark.com or yes24.com.
Brian Mcknight: Encore Show Acoustic Uniqlo AX Nov. 30
Brian Mcknight, singer of "Back at One," "One Last Cry," or "Anytime" will have a show in Korea. The American singer-song writer who plays eight instruments ranging from piano to trombone was a big hit last November. Tickets cost 99,000 won. The venue of the performance is located at exit 2 of Gwangnaru Station on subway line 5. For more information, call (02) 407-2589 or visit interpark.com.
Sting: Back to Bass Tour Live in Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Hall, Olympic Park* Dec. 5
British singer songwriter Sting will have his fourth concert in Korea on Dec. 5. The "Back to Bass Tour" started last year to celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist. Tickets cost 77,000 to 198,000 won. For more information, call (02) 332-3277 or visit livenation.kr.
Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012 Sejong Center for the Performing Arts* Dec. 9
Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. The trio will perform pieces including "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," "Rain" and "The Last Emperor." Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743.
The Best under Heaven, the Celadons of Korea National Museum of Korea Through Dec. 16
The National Museum of Korea holds its second exhibition that deals with Goryeo (Kingdom between 918-1392) celadon following its first one in 1989. It consists of four parts including the history of Goryeo celadon. A total of 350 examples of celadon are on display including 18 National Treasures and 11 Treasures. Tickets cost 3,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2077-9499 or visit museum.go.kr.
Tim Burton Exhibition Seoul Museum of Art Dec.12 – April 14, 2013
Film director Tim Burton's paintings and artwork will be on exhibit at central Seoul. Artwork from his movies "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Frankenweenie," and about 700 of his sketches, drawings and photographs will be on display. Located near exit 1 of Seoul City Hall Station, subway line 1. Tickets cost 8,000 won for children under 12, 10,000 won for students under 18, and 12,000 won for adults. For more information, call (02) 325-1077 or visit sema.seoul.go.kr.
Plays & Musicals
‘Rudolf' Chungmu Art Hall Through Jan. 13, 2013
The musical, "Rudolf," based on the novel, "Nervous Splendor," which dealt with the Mayerling incident in 1889, was composed by Frank Wildhorn. The cast features Ahn Jae-wook, Im Tae-kyung, and Park Eun-tae as Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. Oak Joo-hyun, Choi Yu-ha, and Kim Bo-kyung portray Rudolf's lover, Mary Vetsera. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information call (02) 2230-6601 or visit www.musicalrudolf.co.kr.
‘Aida' D-CUBE Arts Center Dec. 2-April 28, 2013 Inspired by the Verdi opera of the same title, "Aida" won four Tony Awards in 2000. The Korean rendition will feature Sonya and Cha Ji-yeon as Aida, Jung Sun-ah and Ahn Si-ha as Princess Amneris of Nubia, a daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and Kim Joon-hyun and Choi Soo-hyung as Radames, the Egyptian captain. Celebrated director Kollen Park directs the Korean version to music composed by Sir Elton John. Tickets cost 60,000 to 120,000 won. Located exit 1 of Sindorim Station, subway lines 1 and 2. For more information, call (02) 577-1987 or visit www.d3art.co.kr.
‘The Nutcracker' Universal Art Center Dec. 21-31
The Universal Ballet, one of the leading ballet companies in Korea, will stage the original Mariinsky Theater-version of "The Nutcracker." This version was created by Vasily Vainonen in St. Petersburg in 1934. Tickets cost 10,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (070) 7124-1737 or visit www.universalballet.com.
‘Swan Lake' Seoul Arts Center* Dec. 7-12
Korean National Ballet will perform one of the most frequently performed ballets, "Swan Lake," in Seoul. Kim Ji-young, Kim Li-hoe, Park Seul-ki, and Lee Eun-won will be featured as Odette-Odile and Lee Young-cheol, Jung Young-jae, Lee Dong-hun, and Kim Ki-wan feature as Prince Siegfried. Tickets cost 5,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 587-6181 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Lee Sang Syndrome National Theater Nov. 30
Jo Jae-hyeok, one of the leading dancers in the National Dance Company of Korea, winner of the 33rd Donga Dance Contest will perform the life of the famed poet Lee Sang in the 1920s and ‘30s who died an early death at 27. Located near exit 2 of Dongkuk University Station, subway line 3. Tickets cost 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2280-4114 or visit www.ntok.go.kr.