Tickets will also go on sale for 2018 – a summer of true operatic classics.
Next year, the Festival is to stage an opera never before seen in the Castle: Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Set in the St. Petersburg of the Romantic era, the Castle production promises to be “an elegantly beautiful, pleasingly visual work,” says stage director Jere Erkkilä. “The fine music is a chance to include an element of surprise and to make the production especially showy.” The musical director will be Alexander Vedernikov, former Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre and Chief Conductor elect of the Royal Danish Opera as of 2018.
The powerful stories continue with Vilppu Kiljunen’s rendering of Faust, reborn after an absence of 16 years, and Otello, to be conducted by Hannu Lintu. Also on the programme will be the Opera Festival’s own dear Madama Butterfly.
Next season’s visiting opera is the Festival Puccini from the title composer’s home region, Tuscany. A true expert on his works, the Festival Puccini is bringing along two compelling dramas, Tosca and Turandot.
Tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale at 9:00 on Thursday July 6. See the full programme here.