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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pavarotti to Give Peace Concert in S. Korea




SEOUL, South Korea -- Opera star Luciano Pavarotti will perform in South Korea later this month in a concert held to mark the historic Korean summit and 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, organizers said this week.


The concert, titled "Peace Forever, United as One," will be held June 30 in Seoul's Chamsil Stadium, home of the 1988 Summer Olympics.


Pavarotti will perform with soprano Carmela Remigio and conductor Leone Magiera as well as Korean musicians in a concert expected to draw up to 50,000 people, organizers Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. said.


"We see Pavarotti as a most suitable spokesman for peace," said Park Pyeong-wook, spokesman for the concert organizers, citing the tenor's charity work in his native Italy.


Leaders of the two Koreas held their first summit this week, raising hopes for a thaw in icy ties between two nations technically at war for the last half-century.


South Korean President Kim Dae-jung flew to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Tuesday for a three-day summit with the North's Kim Jong-il.


The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950. It ended in 1953 in an armed truce that is still in effect.