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Over a century of opera festivals in Olavinlinna
The idea of Savonlinna Opera Festival first came from the Finnish soprano Aino Ackté: ”The most wonderful castle in the world, surrounded by otherworldly lake scenery” would offer just the right backdrop for opera.Read more
WHAT THE AUDIENCE SAYS: WHY SAVONLINNA HAS ONE OF EUROPE’S BEST OPERA FESTIVALS
Countless operas have been performed in this uniquely dramatic location to 70 000 plus people annually. To find out for yourself whether Savonlinna has one of Europe’s best opera festivals, here’s what people from around the world said about their experience in our recent research.Read more
The Savonlinna Opera Festival relies on ticket revenue
To us, the arrival of the summer changes everything. Our organisation of just 13 full-time employees increases a hundredfold into a festival team of 1200. That’s how many salaried and voluntary pairs of hands are needed to receive the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s 70 000 visitors. The annual budget of our festival is 8 million euro, which is mainly covered by ticket revenue.Read more
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The Magic Flute has been a quintessential shared experience at the Savonlinna Opera Festival for 50 years. We also found a production of Fiddler on the Roof, in which a glimmer of hope shines through the tears.
As our summer premiere, we present Romeo and Juliet, the heart-wrenching story of young lovers.