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.

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Partnership with Chorégies d’Orange of France

The Savonlinna Opera Festival and Chorégies d’Orange have agreed on a partnership by which these international festivals will combine forces for their new opera productions: Verdi’s Otello and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Boris Godunov, the new production for the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s 2015 season, will be performed in August 2016 at the Chorégies d’Orange festival, and Otello at Chorégies d’Orange in 2014 and the Savonlinna Opera Festival in summer 2016. Read more

Jean Sibelius 150 Jubilee

Although his only opera, The Maid in the Tower, was to be little more than a mere curiosity in the life’s work of Finland’s national composer Jean Sibelius, music by him has been on the programme for the Savonlinna Opera Festival since the very first season in 1912. His solo songs, in particular, have naturally found a place on the programme over the years, but works for orchestra have also featured in the repertoire. Olavinlinna Castle resounded to Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, the Valse triste and the first two symphonies in the early years already. The gala concert ending the 2015 Savonlinna Opera Festival on August 2 will be devoted to some of the maestro’s most popular orchestral works.

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