A hundred years of the finest opera in the world’s most matchless setting
The Savonlinna Opera Festival 1912-2012
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is one of the most radiant and internationally most significant events in the Finnish cultural calendar – the jewel in the crown of the summer arts season in fact. Aino Ackté, the Festival’s founder and, in her day, the Finnish opera star with the most distinguished international career, was quite right when she said a century ago that a first-class opera performance in a romantic medieval castle surrounded by lake scenery of “supernatural” beauty is a unique and hence unforgettable experience.
From decade to decade the unequalled atmosphere and astounding acoustics of Olavinlinna, this medieval castle, have been casting their magic spell on opera lovers from all over the world.