Karita Mattila

Grand Festive Gala

She’s never indifferent, never nondescript, always electrifying. La Karita is celebrating with a grand festive gala, accompanied by the Opera Festival Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu. This event is the talk of the summer.

The gala concert programme includes arias from Karita Mattila’s favourite roles, such as Ariadne, Elisabeth from Tannhäuser and her latest love, Isolde.

It’s been nearly 40 years since she won the Lappeenranta Singing Competition and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and her iconic career continues as strong as ever. The radiance of this opera prima donna is impossible to match – there is only one Karita Mattila.

The New York Times article about Karita.

The Opera Festival has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic. This summer’s programme will be performed in Olavinlinna in one year’s time. If you have bought or reserved a ticket for summer 2020, don’t worry. Your reservation has been moved to next year. Read more here.

  • Karita Mattila


  • Hannu Lintu


  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra


  • Ottorino Respighi

    Belfagor Overture

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Eboli’s aria ”O don fatale” from the opera Don Carlo

  • Richard Strauss

    ”Mondscheinmusik” from the opera Capriccio

  • Richard Strauss

    Ariadne’s aria ”Es gibt ein Reich” from the opera Ariadne auf Naxos

  • Ferruccio Busoni

    Eine Lustspielouvertüre

  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    Gioconda’s aria ”Suicidio” from the opera La Gioconda

  • Interval

  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser Overture

  • Elisabeth’s aria ”Dich, teure Halle” from the opera Tannhäuser

  • Prelude from Tristan und Isolde

  • Isolde’s aria ”Mild und leise” from the opera Tristan und Isolde

  • Duration about 2 hours. One interval.

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