The Magic of the Opera
The most significant event in Savonlinna and one of the most famous festivals in the whole country is the Savonlinna Opera Festival. For decades, the festival has gathered the high and mighty and the great unwashed together to enjoy opera masterpieces and spectacular singing in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle. And how beautifully the arias echo from the robust rocky walls! The classic operas, medieval setting, the Lake Saimaa archipelago and the magnificent Finnish summer create a combination that makes your heart sing.
Two opera-house visits for the 2015 Opera Festival
The 2015 Savonlinna Opera Festival will be making history on the very first day of the season. Beginning a new chapter is the classic operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Léhar, brought to Savonlinna by the world’s most famous operetta theatre: the Volksoper Wien.
The other visitor is the Semperoper Dresden, providing the season’s Mozart. Adding extra spice and interest to The Marriage of Figaro will be one of the most prestigious of all orchestras, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden renowned for its unique sound.
Stepping into the shoes of our new Boris Godunov production, staged in partnership with the Chorégies d’Orange festival, is Matti Salminen, while Maestro Leif Segerstam will be ensuring that the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra and Choir give their very best.
Two favourite classics from the Italian opera repertoire, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s La traviata, will be back on the programme with their numerous popular arias.
Also on the programme for the 2015 season are the Timo Mustakallio Competition and a superb performance of Haydn’s Creation in the magical acoustics of the vast wooden Kerimäki Church. The season ends with a jubilee concert in Olavinlinna Castle for our national composer, Jean Sibelius, born 150 years ago, given by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Okko Kamu.