Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland’s premier opera festival, will visit the famous Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in September this year. The company will stage Verdi’s opera classic Otello, which will also be seen in summer at the festival’s home in Savonlinna’s Olavinlinna Castle.
”This invitation is an important recognition of the Opera Festival and an apt continuation of our long-term co-operation. The Bolshoi Theatre is both the home of Russian opera tradition and one of the world’s best known opera houses. We will be taking our own production, soloists and chorus to Moscow. Otello has not been performed in Moscow in decades, which meant there was natural interest in our production," says Jorma Silvasti, the Artistic Director of the Opera Festival.
During the visit, the role of Otello will be sung by Carl Tanner, with Marina Costa-Jackson as Desdemona and Elia Fabbian as Iago. The Bolshoi Orchestra will be conducted by Alexander Vedernikov from Russia, the Chief Conductor of the Royal Danish Opera. The Bolshoi Theatre Children’s Choir will also be take part in the performance.
Savonlinna Opera Festival’s last visit to Moscow was in 2006 with a performance of Aulis Sallinen’s The Horseman. The Bolshoi Theatre, in turn, visited the Opera Festival last summer, with both Sauli Niinistö, the president of Finland, and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia in the audience. The Bolshoi is a regular host to visiting opera companies, such as the Opéra de Paris, La Scala of Milan, the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, and the Royal Opera House of London.
Otello will be performed twice, on 14 and 15 September. Ticket sales will start approximately one month before the event. More information will be available later on the Bolshoi website.
Otello will premiere at this summer’s Savonlinna Opera Festival on 14 July. In Savonlinna, it will be conducted by Hannu Lintu, the Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Aleksandrs Antonenko, one of today’s most prominent interpreters of Otello, will alternate with Carl Tanner in the lead role. The Opera Festival’s revival of Otello is a partnership with the Chorégies d’Orange festival in France
Savonlinna Opera Festival: Otello
Performances at the Olavinlinna Castle
14.7. (premiere), 18.7., 23.7. and 28.7.2018
Visit to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
14.9. (premiere) and 15.9.2018