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Press release, July 31, 2010

SAVONLINNA OPERA FESTIVAL ENDS TODAY


The 2010 season of the Savonlinna Opera Festival ends today with a performance of Strauss’ opera Elektra by the Royal Swedish Opera. During the season now ending the Festival recorded a total audience figure of over 60,000, of which more than 50,000 at events for which a charge was made.

Tickets for the season’s operas sold as expected and the operas met their budget target. The total audience figure at the concerts was almost on a par with that of last year. The sales target for the concerts was, however, a lot higher this year than before and clearly was not reached. Tickets sold well in June and July and private clients were active. Sales to private persons were on a level with those of last year, but sales to corporate clients continued to slightly decline.

“Artistically, the Opera Festival was a great success,” reports General Director Jan Hultin. “We saw some brilliant performances in all the operas, and both the orchestra and the choir stretched themselves to give of their very best under the baton of demanding but inspiring conductors. A total of 320 artists appeared in the Festival’s own productions – about 260 of them from Finland and the others from 15 other countries. At the concerts for example Elina Garanča utterly captivated her audience. The Festival’s first International Singing Competition got off to a brilliant start and the internationally-experienced, top-rate jury considered the standard of the finalists extremely high.”

The season’s new production, Puccini’s Tosca, was seen by over 14,000. The Festival’s other own productions were Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The visiting opera house was the Royal Swedish Opera from Stockholm, bringing along its productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Strauss’ Elektra.

The Savonlinna Opera Festival will run next year from July 1 to 27. The 2011 season will feature no fewer than two new productions, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The other is Wagner’s Lohengrin. Puccini’s Tosca will be back on the programme. Star tenor José Cura will give a concert in Olavinlinna Castle on July 17 and bass Carlo Colombara a recital at the Savonlinna Hall on July 12. The concert on July 10 will be given jointly by Marjukka Tepponen (soprano), winner of the 2008 Timo Mustakallio Competition, and Artist of the Year Juha Uusitalo (bass). There will also be a chance to follow the 2011 Timo Mustakallio Competition. The visiting opera house in 2011 is the Hungarian State Opera, bringing to Savonlinna Verdi’s Don Carlos and a Hungarian evening consisting of Kodály’s oratorio Psalmus Hungaricus and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

Further info:

Jan Hultin                             Tiina Olkkonen
General Director                   Marketing Director
jan.hultin@operafestival.fi     tiina.olkkonen@operafestival.fi
Tel. +358 400 483578            Tel. +358 40 8278844


The Savonlinna Opera Festival in brief
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is the Finnish cultural event best known internationally and a leading Finnish tourist attraction. Over the years it has grown into an international festival lasting one month. It attracts an annual total audience of around 60,000, a good 10 per cent from abroad.