Good to know
There are two rehearsal rooms:
OKL Aino hall
Talvisalo (From the house of the Dead)
In Linnala there is one classroom with a piano reserved for the soloists and one for chorus members to practise on their own. These rooms are on the second floor and can be reserved for one hour at a time (reservation sheet is on the classroom door).
Linnala is open:
Mon-Fri from 9 am to 8 pm
Sat from 3 pm to 8 pm.
Linnala (like all rehearsal rooms) is closed on Midsummer.
Rehearsal schedules are updated during the week on the Castle notice board each Friday at noon. Rehearsal schedules can be picked up from the Castle Office or from the office at Olavinkatu. You can also get your rehearsal schedule via e-mail if you send your e-mail address to production assistant Mirva Koivukangas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opera Festival offices
Castle Office (tel. +15 4767525) is open
In June Mon.-Sat. from 8 am till the end of the evening rehearsal.
From July 8th to August 6th the office is open from 8 am till the end of the performance.
Festival Pass and parking permit can be picked up from the Castle Office.
There is a computer with an Internet access at the Castle Office for the use of SOF personnel.
The Opera Festival Main Office at Olavinkatu 27 where you find the Box office and Administration & Finance offices.
Box office is open:
Until July 8th Mon.-Fri. from 9 am. to 4 pm.
July 8th to August 6th Mon.-Sat. from 9 am till the start of the evening performance.
On Sundays from 10 am till the start of the evening performance.
Administration Office is open: Mon.-Fri. from. 9 am. to 4 pm.
With expense reimbursement and fee matters please contact Mrs. Maritta Huopainen or Mrs. Tarja Halonen.
With contract matters contact Marikki Laaksonen.
At the lobby of the Olavinkatu Office you can find a computer with an Internet connection. There you can also find maps and brocures of Savonlinna region.
Savonlinna Opera Festival Press Office ( +358 15 4767529) is located on the 2 nd. floor of the Olavinkatu Office. The Press Office will send you invitations to staff events.
Head of Press Office is Katriina Koivisto ( +358 40 7460063 )
NOTE! on Midsummer ALL SOF offices are CLOSED
Telephones and internet
It is recommended that you will get a Finnish Pre paid Mobile connection while in Savonlinna since last minutes changes are sometimes informed by text messages/ phone calls.
There will be an audience in the Dress Rehearsals. We do not sell tickets to Dress Rehearsals but SOF staff is entitled to two tickets per Dress Rehearsal. Soloists can get their tickets from Marikki Laaksonen ( +358 40 5335210). Her office is located at the Administrative Office.
All other staff members get their Dress rehearsal tickets from their own supervisor/ representative.
The Festival Book will be handed out in rehearsals in June.
The easiest way to get around in Savonlinna is by bike. You can rent one from Intersport (Olavinkatu 52).
Please don’t leave your bike on areas close to the Castle where it is prohibited by signs. The city of Savonlinna will take those bikes away and there is nothing we can or will do about it.
Midsummer June 24.-26.
Midsummer celebrations take place on the 24th – 26th of June. This is a very important holiday for Finnish people. During midsummer shops, offices and even some restaurants are closed. Therefore it is most important that you do your grocery shopping and sort out any businesses/problems before Fri. June 19th! Since everything in Finland is pretty much closed we cannot help you with e.g. Internet, mobile phone, banking or housing problems.
The Olavinkatu Office will be closed during Midsummer. The Castle office is open on Fri. 24th of June until 2pm. After that the whole festival staff will be on holiday and won’t be back to work until Mon. June 27th.
Rehearsal room in Linnala is not in use on Fri. June 24th – 26th.