Welsh National Opera

Rounding off the 2014 season of the Savonlinna Opera Festival to perfection are the performances by this year’s visiting opera house, Welsh National Opera, of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Nabucco. The party of 183 from Welsh National Opera will be arriving in Savonlinna this weekend. There are still some tickets available for Manon Lescaut, but all three performances of Nabucco are sold out. Puccini’s third opera, Manon Lescaut, was a great success in its day, establishing his world-wide reputation as Verdi’s successor and a fixed star on the Italian opera firmament. Awaiting the Olavinlinna audience is an urban take on this classic of melodic arias and unbridled passion. The conductor is Lothar Koenigs, Music Director of Welsh National Opera, and the stage director is Mariusz Treliński, who made his mark on the Castle stage in La traviata last summer.
Tickets for Manon Lescaut.
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2014: Masterpieces and Finnish Maestros

The 2014 Opera Festival season planned by our Artistic Director, Jorma Silvasti, promised goodies galore including finnish maestros and masterpieces for the opera lover.
The Opera Festival began on July 4 with the devastating story of Kullervo. The Festival gave 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. Read the review: "...20th-century Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played, ... something truly haunting", Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times.
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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