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Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimäki Church echo to mighty music

The atmosphere thickens on the Olavinlinna Castle stage. The lusty, impassioned story of Tosca has kept audiences enthralled this summer. We Finns have been particularly smitten by Johanna Rusanen’s debut in the title role. The other Italian classic, La traviata, has received glowing reviews and sounds better than ever in Olavinlinna Castle. Boris Godunov is absolutely worth seeing, especially as it’s a chance to catch Finland’s great bass Matti Salminen and celebrated conductor Leif Segerstam in the same production.

These operas can be heard in Olavinlinna Castle as follows:

La traviata at 19 today and on July 25 & 29 and at 14 on August 1
Tosca at 19 tomorrow and on July 28 & 31
Boris Godunov at 19 on July 27 and 29

Haydn’s Creation is this summer’s great oratorio in Kerimäki Church. Top Finnish singers Helena Juntunen, Topi Lehtipuu and Tommi Hakala together with the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir and Orchestra will be telling the story of Creation in music at 15 on July 26, in what is bound to be a fantastic performance.

At 19 on July 26, Olavinlinna Castle will go heavy as Sonata Arctica continues the festival’s series of concerts by popular metal bands. The Opera Festival rocks!

Sibelius Jubilee Concert and Sibelius Open

The Savonlinna Opera Festival is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finland’s national composer, Jean Sibelius, with a Sibelius Jubilee Concert at 19 on August 2. The orchestra is the Lahti Symphony conducted by Okko Kamu. Keen golfers can get in a round in the spirit of the maestro at Kerigolf that morning. Anyone wishing to take part should contact the Kerigolf Caddie Master on +358-15-212 600. There is a limited number of competition tickets available, including a concert ticket at super bargain rates.

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