Jubilee concert of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir

Matti Hyökki & the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir

The Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir is known for its vibrant sound, musical punch, and powerful stage presence. Most of its members are either professional singers or young singing students from Finland and abroad.

The jubilee concert at Olavinlinna castle celebrates this incredible instrument made of 80 voices. It also honours the long-term commitment of chorus master Matti Hyökki, who has conducted the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir since 2008. Matti Hyökki, pioneer of choral music and professor emeritus has led Finland’s premier choirs for the past 50 years. Hyökki is now retiring, and a new chorus master will take over at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Before saying goodbye, it’s time to sing together once more.

The concert begins with Anton Bruckner’s six-part Mass based on Gregorian chant. The choir and the wind ensemble are conducted by Matti Hyökki. After the interval, we hear a fascinating medley of choral classics and opera pieces. Hyökki’s fabulous farewell also features Finland’s most internationally sought after tenor, Tuomas Katajala.


  • Matti Hyökki


  • Tuomas Katajala


  • Oopperajuhlakuoro

    Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir

  • Wind ensemble of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra


  • Anton Bruckner

    Mass no. 2 in E minor for mixed choir and wind ensemble

    Angus Dei

  • Interval
  • Giacomo Puccini

    “Sale ascende l’uman cantico”

    from the opera Tosca (1900) (arr. V. Matvejeff)

  • Franz Schuber

    Ständchen D.920 (1826)

    (arr. V. Matvejeff) Soloist Tuomas Katajala

  • Speech

    Mr Ville Matvejeff,

    Artistic Director to the Savonlinna Opera Festival

  • Toivo Kuula

    Auringon noustessa (At Sunrise),

    Op.11 No.3 (1909)

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    ”Va pensiero”

    from the opera Nabucco (1842) (arr. V. Matvejeff)

As the choir comes on stage and launches into song, it sends shivers through the audience. The powerhouse of an opera performance, it adapts to a wide variety of roles, regardless of the language, style or story. Scene by scene and night after night, it electrifies the atmosphere.

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