The Magic Flute

W. A. Mozart

Savonlinna Opera Festival’s The Magic Flute celebrates its 50th anniversary. This iconic production has been cherished by generations of opera lovers and performers. So, what’s the secret of this Magic Flute?

The Magic Flute is a fairy-tale and a musical play. It’s humorous and heartbreaking, passionate and dramatic, spiritual, playful, unpretentious and sophisticated all at the same time. The rich gallery of characters enables layered interpretations, and the story never loses its appeal. The original direction has been slightly revised for the 50th anniversary performances.

It’ll be an exciting reunion. The impressive cast comprises leading Finnish opera talents.

Our Magic Flute celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The legendary set Toni Businger visited Olavinlinna for the first time during the 1970s, arriving in a rowing boat deep in midwinter. Inspired by the castle setting, he swapped Sarastro’s lions to the black rams of a Savonlinna legend and created a timeless framework for Mozart’s fairy-tale world. He’d been brought to Finland by the bass Martti Talvela, one of Finland’s greatest ever opera stars.

Team

  • Conductor

    Sakari Oramo

  • Director

    August Everding

  • Revival Director and Dramaturgy

    Erik Söderblom

  • Sets and Costumes

    Toni Businger

  • Chorus master

    Jan Schweiger

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra

  • Language

    Finnish

  • Surtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    app. 3 hours, 1 interval

Cast

Tuuli Takala
Pamina (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
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Iris Candelaria
Pamina (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
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Johan Krogius
Tamino (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
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Tuomas Katajala
Tamino (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
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Anu Komsi
Queen of the Night
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Mika Kares
Sarastro (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
Markus Schwartz
Papageno (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
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Waltteri Torikka
Papageno (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
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Silja Aalto
First Lady
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Olga Heikkilä
Second Lady
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Maiju Vaahtoluoto
Third Lady
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Jussi Juola
Speaker, elderly priest
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Three, even four generations have already marvelled at The Magic Flute at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. It has already been seen by an audience of more than 200.000 people. 

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