Five Variations on the perfect opera experience – just take your pick!

The 2011 season of the Savonlinna Opera Festival is serving a comprehensive and varied menu of core operatic art. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Wagner’s Lohengrin, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Puccini’s Tosca and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard's Castle are all absolute masterpieces of their era and trace a fine stylistic line from the Viennese Classical dramma giocoso via great Romantic works to the roots of European Modernism.

This summer thus offers both the experienced opera-goer and the curious first-timer an opportunity for a rich, unique and all-round opera experience such as can only be found in Savonlinna in July.

A varied choice of operas

The music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is full of catchy arias, bubbling serenades and brilliant ensembles from the very first, ominous notes of an overture that looks ahead to the Romantic era. Lohengrin, shrouded in medieval myth and mystery, has some of the most magnificent male choruses in all the Wagner operas. Tosca, a thriller and one of the steamiest passion dramas in operatic literature, has some of the finest arias ever written by that master of melody Puccini, along with colourful, effervescent orchestrations. Don Carlo is Verdi’s Italian grand opera: friendship and republican sentiments, forbidden love and unrequited passion and the solitary torment of an ageing ruler all clad in masterly music. Find out more about operas by clicking the icons in the right navigation. 

Meet the artist: Claudio Sgura, baritone

Olavinlinna audiences will be utterly enthralled by the voice and presence of Italian baritone Claudio Sgura as the sadistic Baron Scarpia in Tosca. Sgura excels in the powerful, macho baritone roles, particularly that of Escamillo the bull-fighter in Carmen. His performances can be admired at the Savonlinna Opera Festival performances of Tosca on July 4, 6, 8 & 11. Read more

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