The inspiration for the opera Immortal Love came from an event that attracted attention around the world: in the 1990s, a mummy was discovered near the city of Andong together with letters written more than four centuries ago. Standing out among these was one from a woman to her deceased husband, speaking of immortal love in words that span the generations.
In this ambitious treatment by the Daegu Opera House, the immortality of love is shown in a way that perfectly combines three different elements, with the dramatic tension provided by both the well-constructed story arc and the encounters between heavenly and earthly elements: rejecting the love of the celestial gardener Palmoksura, Yeoni falls in love with the earthly mortal Eungtae, which the heavenly being avenges by ending Eungtae’s life.
The performance at the Erkel Theatre features the soloists of the Daegu Opera House and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Baek Jinhyun. This kind of collaboration started earlier this year, when the Hungarian opera Bánk Bán (The Viceroy Bánk) was performed in Daegu featuring Hungarian soloists and the Daegu Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. Both performances are part of the 30th jubilee year marking the beginnings of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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