Ballet in Olavinlinna Castle on July 20

The partnership established in 2013 between the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Dance Open International Ballet Festival of St. Petersburg continues this year. The Dance Open ballet galas are unique events individually tailored for each occasion and audience. Among the stars of the ballet gala in Olavinlinna Castle in 2014 will be Denis and Anastasia Matvienko from the Mariinsky Theatre, Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov from the Mikhailovsky Theatre and soloists from the Bolshoi and Eifman Ballets. The visual aspect, exploiting the potential of modern stage technology, is an integral element of these ballet galas. The July gala is, says Ekaterina Galanova, Head of the International Ballet Festival Dance Open, unique for its venue. “The very special, authentic atmosphere of the medieval castle fits the art of ballet perfectly, emphasising the delicacy and elegance of dance.” Read more

2014: Masterpieces and Finnish Maestros

The 2014 Opera Festival season planned by our Artistic Director, Jorma Silvasti, promises goodies galore including finnish maestros and masterpieces for the opera lover.
The Opera Festival begins on July 4 with the devastating story of Kullervo. The Festival is giving five performances of Aulis Sallinen’s opera Kullervo featuring a magnificent cast of Finnish ‘premier-league’ singers. The opera is based on the play of the same name by Aleksis Kivi and the Finnish national epic The Kalevala. The conductor is Hannu Lintu, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the stage director is Kari Heiskanen. “Control and inspiration, orchestral timbres and intensity are what matter most,” says Hannu Lintu. “The conductor doesn’t need a philosophers’ stone.”
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Sensational Kullervo!

Season 2015

The 2015 Savonlinna Opera Festival will be making history on the very first day of the season. Beginning a new chapter is the classic operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Léhar, brought to Savonlinna by the world’s most famous operetta theatre: the Volksoper Wien. The other visitor is the Semperoper Dresden, providing the season’s Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro. Stepping into the shoes of our new Boris Godunov production, staged in partnership with the Chorégies d’Orange festival, is Matti Salminen, while Maestro Leif Segerstam will be ensuring that the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra and Choir give their very best. Two favourite classics from the Italian opera repertoire, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s La traviata, will be back on the programme with their numerous popular arias. Read more