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Press Release 29.06.2010

Tosca’s rehearsal period culminates in Dress Rehearsal tomorrow

British Stage Director Keith Warner and Stage and Costume Designer Jason Southgate have created the kind of Tosca that brings the atmosphere of hitchcockian horror to the Olavinlinna castle. Reality and fantasy encounter, the present and the past occur simultaneously, the line between life and death is wavering.
The title role is performed by The Artist of the Year Kristin Lewis, who sang the role of Aida at the Festival in 2008. The charismatic Ekaterina Shimanovich – last year’s Helena in Mefistofele, alters with Lewis as Tosca. The Latvian superstar Aleksandrs Antonenko and the soloist of Mariinsky Theatre Avgust Amonov are heard as Cavaradossi. As immoral and vampyre-like Scarpia shine Jukka Rasilainen, who is perfect for the role, and Juha Uusitalo, who previosly appeared in the Olavinlinna Castle three years ago as Macbeth. Conductor Philippe Auguin – one of the great favourites among the members of Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra – conducted Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera before coming to Savonlinna.

Dress Rehearsal of Tosca in the Olavinlinna Castle on 30th of June, 8pm. Access cards for the media representatives are available by request from the Savonlinna Opera Festival PR and Press Office: Olavinkatu 27, 57100 Savonlinna, 2nd floor (Mon-Sat 9-17, Sun 10-15), tel. +358 15 4767529, presso@operafestival.fi.
Accreditation to other performances of the Festival: www.operafestival.fi

Savonlinna Opera Festival in short
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is internationally widely known Finnish cultural event and one of the most important tourist attractions in Finland. Over the years Savonlinna Opera Festival has grown to become a month long international festival. 60,000 people visit the festival every year, and 10 per cent of them are international visitors. Opera in Savonlinna is a comprehensive experience that consists of high-level opera performances and concerts, the unique atmosphere of the medieval Olavinlinna castle and scenically beautiful summer in Savonlinna. Savonlinna has become a concept among opera fans throughout the world. 14% of the Opera Festival’s funding comes from the Ministry of Education and the City of Savonlinna, nearly 70% from the ticket sales and c. 12% from sponsorships. www.operafestival.fi