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A hundred years of the finest opera in the world’s most matchless setting
The Savonlinna Opera Festival 1912-2012

The Savonlinna Opera Festival is one of the most radiant and internationally most significant events in the Finnish cultural calendar – the jewel in the crown of the summer arts season in fact. Aino Ackté, the Festival’s founder and, in her day, the Finnish opera star with the most distinguished international career, was quite right when she said a century ago that a first-class opera performance in a romantic medieval castle surrounded by lake scenery of “supernatural” beauty is a unique and hence unforgettable experience.

From decade to decade the unequalled atmosphere and astounding acoustics of Olavinlinna, this medieval castle, have been casting their magic spell on opera lovers from all over the world.

Looking back

The Savonlinna Opera Festival has had a varied history, developing out of the personal vision of a passionately-dedicated soprano 100 years ago into a leading European arts festival.
The following are some of the milestones along the way.

The 1910s and 1930 (Aino Ackté era)
The 1960s and the 1970s
The 1980s and the 1990s 
The new millennium and the 2010s - Now