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, sets and costumes have been 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. He inspired by the castle setting 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.

Erik Söderblom, who experienced the first coming of Savonlinna’s Magic Flute when his father Ulf Söderblom was a conductor and later studied under August Everding, is inspired by the fantastic work of the old masters. It is exciting to experience the renewed Magic Flute.

You’ll find a list of the cast here.


  • Conductor

    Sakari Oramo

  • Director

    August Everding

  • Revival Director and Dramaturgy

    Erik Söderblom

  • Sets and Costumes

    Erik Söderblom based on the idea of Toni Businger

  • Make up

    Jessica Rosenberg

  • Lighting

    Timo Alhanen

  • Movement director

    Elina Lindroos

  • Chorus master

    Jan Schweiger

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra

  • Language


  • Surtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    approx. 3 hrs 15 minutes, one interval


Tuuli Takala
Pamina (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
Iris Candelaria
Pamina (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
Johan Krogius
Tamino (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
Tuomas Katajala
Tamino (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
Anu Komsi
Yön kuningatar
Mika Kares
Sarastro (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
Markus Suihkonen
Sarastro Sarastro (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
Markus Schwartz
Papageno (4.7., 6.7., 8.7.)
Waltteri Torikka
Papageno (11.7., 19.7., 21.7.)
Elisaveta Rimkevitch
Silja Aalto
Ensimmäinen nainen
Olga Heikkilä
Toinen nainen
Maiju Vaahtoluoto
Kolmas nainen
Jussi Juola
Heikki Hattunen
Petri Vesa
Man in armour
Antti Mähönen
Man in armour
Joonas Vatjus
1st Priest
Sakari Eirola
2nd Priest
Tanja Saren, Melissa Korhonen & Venla Vesioja
Three boys (4., 6. & 8.7.)
Lotta Kämäräinen, Mirjami Hanhisalo & Matias Vesa
Three boys (11., 19. & 21.7.)

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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