World Opera Day

A celebration for all opera lovers: World Opera Day 25.10.

Wednesday 25 October is not only the birthday of Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss II but also World Opera Day. Taking place for the fifth time, it’s a celebration for opera organisations, opera companies, opera festivals and opera lovers around the world.

In honor of World Opera Day, we offer a 25% discount for the following performances:

  • Adriana Mater on August 2nd and 4th, 2024 (price groups 1-3)
  • The Bartered Bride on July 27th, 30th, and August 3rd (price groups 1-3)
  • Káťa Kabanová on July 29th and August 1st (price groups 1-3).

The offers are only valid on Wednesday 25 October from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the online storeSelect the opera you want to buy discounted tickets for in the online store, enter the code OPERADAY under the title World Opera Day, and press ‘Show Promotion’. This way, the campaign-priced tickets will appear below.

Please contact customer service if you need assistance with ticket purchases:
Ticket sales services and purchasing information
Tel. +358 600 900 900 (€2 per starting minute + standard mobile rate / standard local network rate)
The service is open Mon–Sat 9 am–9 pm, Sun 10 am–6 pm

“Just as much as sport shapes a healthy body, the arts shape a healthy mind.”
-World Opera Day declaration

Book accommodation for your opera trip at special rates

Our partners have joined in the celebration, and you can now book accommodation for next summer at special rates. The accommodation offers are valid only on 25 October with discount code WOD2023, subject to availability of discounted rooms.

Herttua Hotel & Spa in Kerimäki

  • 2 hh room €130
  • 1 hh room €120
  • special rate available on 27 & 29 July, 2024
  • book at or by phone +358 50 5366772

Kruunupuisto in Punkaharju

  • 2 hh room €189 (including breakfast and spa)
  • special rate available on 27 July – 4 August, 2024
  • book at online store with code WOD2023.


Adriana Mater is a acclaimed opera composed by master composer Kaija Saariaho, and it will be performed next summer at Olavinlinna Castle by our guests, the Norrlandsoperan. Adriana Mater is a depiction of war from a woman’s perspective. Alongside the harrowing subject matter is a theme that goes beyond all injustice: Adriana Mater is first and foremost an opera about love and hope. Kaija Saariaho’s opera will be seen at the Opera Festival for the first time.

The renowned Prague National Opera brings a piece of Czech DNA to Olavinlinna. The Bartered Bride is a lively and dance-filled comedic opera suitable for the whole family, featuring acrobatics as well! Prague National Opera’s new version of this iconic work humorously tells the story of how an opera performance comes to life.

The director of Káťa Kabanová Calixto Bieito is known as a radical figure in the opera world. Bieito demonstrates what happens to sensitivity and the thirst for life in confined conditions. The young Káťa is trapped in her own home. She longs for contact, but her spineless husband Tichon is cold and her mother-in-law Kabanicha is cruel. Her desperate thirst for the love she lacks leads to rash decisions with fateful consequences.