In summer 2020, the medieval castle of Olavinlinna on the shore of Lake Saimaa will again echo with a fascinating array of opera. This will include King Roger, which has seen a surge in popularity around the world, the festival’s first baroque opera by Handel, Karita Mattila’s gala concert, and beloved classics: Carmen, La traviata and The Barber of Seville. Visiting productions will be performed by Croatian National Theatre from Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture.
Artistic Director Ville Matvejeff:
”I’ve been asked about how I’m planning to revitalise the Opera Festival. I want to start with the opera itself. Interesting productions, captivating drama and ravishing music in the Lakeland summer night are what make us unique. They are the soul of the Opera Festival, which I want to nurture. I’ve also aimed to select singers, conductors and directors who I know will bring a breath of fresh air to the castle stage.
It will be magnificent to finally showcase in Finland the uniquely impressive King Roger, which has recently seen a renaissance at the world’s great opera houses from London to Boston and Stockholm. Because we all need our share of tingles, summer 2020 will also feature timeless classics. These will include the Opera Festival’s cherished version of Carmen set in 1930s Spain, a psychological interpretation of La traviata reimagined in a nightclub, and the exhilarating The Barber of Seville produced by a new team.