Karita Mattila

Grand Festive Gala

Due to the pandemic situation and the uncertainties around large events, we must unfortunately give up on this gala. 

If you have tickets, don’t worry. You can now move your tickets and make a reservation for the performance of your choice in summer 2022. Read more here 

 Instead of the gala performances, Karita Mattila will sing in new concerts, in which she is accompanied by a pianist at Kerimäki Church. Ticket sales will start later. Information about the concerts

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.

  • 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

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