The Song of Mount Kumgang

The Song of Mount Kumgang (Korean금강산의 노래) is a North Korean revolutionary opera.[1][2][3][4] First performed in 1973, it is credited to Kim Jong-il.[5][6][7]

The Song of Mount Kumgang
Korean revolutionary opera by Kim Jong-il
Native title
금강산의 노래
LibrettistKim Jong-il
The Song of Mount Kumgang
金剛山義 노래
Revised RomanizationGeumgangsan ŭi norae
McCune–ReischauerKŭmgangsan ui norae

The performance is considered one of the "Five Great Revolutionary Operas", a group of classical, revolution-themed opera repertoires well received within North Korea.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

The orchestra uses entirely Western musical instruments, except for some bamboo wind instruments.[14]


A family is separated during Japanese rule and reunite twenty years later, living a joyful life under the new communist system.


According to the DPRK description, "The opera represents the transformation of the mountain area, once worthless under the Japanese oppression, into the people's paradise through the portrayal of the local girls' joyful life and the hero Hwang's personal experience".[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Koo, Sunhee (January 1, 2019). "Zainichi Korean Identity and Performing North Korean Music in Japan". Korean Studies. 43: 169–196. doi:10.1353/ks.2019.0012. S2CID 166769955 – via
  2. ^ Buzo, Adrian (September 13, 2016). The Making of Modern Korea. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781317422785 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "The 5 Classic North Korean Revolutionary Operas". February 21, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "North Korea's revolutionary operas". North Korean Economy Watch.
  5. ^ "Revolutionary Opera in North Korea - Koryo Tours".
  6. ^ Marr, Henry (December 14, 2018). North Korea. Bradt Travel Guides. ISBN 9781784770945 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Foundation, The Korea (October 30, 2020). Koreana 2020 Autumn (English). 한국국제교류재단. ISBN 9791156043706 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Pibada Opera Company".
  9. ^ "North Korea through Cinema". December 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "A Dummy's Guide to the North Korean Revolutionary Opera - Koryo Tours".
  11. ^ 가극 작품 Archived 2005-12-01 at the Wayback Machine – NK Chosun
  12. ^ 전영선 (2004년 5월 5일). 〈제7부 북한의 가극 - 제1장 피바다식 혁명가극의 개념〉, 《북한의 문학과 예술》. 서울: 역락. ISBN 89-5556-292-6
  13. ^ 2008年03月26日, 杭州大剧院春季演出季-朝鲜歌剧《卖花姑娘》 – 浙江在线新闻网
  14. ^ Foundation, The Korea (October 30, 2020). Koreana 2020 Autumn (English). 한국국제교류재단. ISBN 9791156043706 – via Google Books.

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