“If Korea focuses on cultivating excellent private mid-sized and regional opera companies, it will be able to make a quadrillion won market in the next 100 years.”
Choi Seung-woo, the secretary general of the Classic Times in Korea, stated a proposal to cultivate Korean opera, quoting an article from the International Herald Tribune of the New York Times, reporting Korea as the next international center stage of opera after Italy.
In his thesis for the Seoul National University Graduate School of Convergence Science & Technology titled “Expectations for Building the World’s Center of Opera and Strategies for Success,” Choi stated that as mentioned in the New York Times, Korea has globally renowned opera singers and over 120 private opera companies which can help the country become the center of world’s opera culture if operated well.
He also said, “It is not easy to benchmark the European growth model, which takes a lot of time and money for transforming a nation into a center of opera,” and added, “Korea must activate the national functions while redistributing wasted opera-related funds more efficiently to cultivate excellent private opera companies.” He also suggested that it is necessary to establish opera development funds for completing important assignments in order for Korea to step up as the next central nation of global opera.
He mentioned opera related education market, tourism market, and brand value improvement as examples.