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Can you spot the stars? There’s a whole galaxy out there waiting!

Tosca and La traviata add even more sparkle to an already magnificent week

Today and tomorrow you can still catch the Semperoper Dresden’s impressive The Marriage of Figaro – a production that has earned the praise of audiences and critics alike. “The ensemble held the whole thing in the palm of its hand,” wrote Helsingin Sanomat. “The direction even of the minor roles was spot on.” The orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, was worthy of all the hype. Never before has such resonant Mozart been heard in Olavinlinna Castle.

The next premiere to look forward to is Tosca, on Saturday July 18. Alternating in the title role of this ever-popular operatic thriller are Elena Pankratova and Johanna Rusanen, who makes her Olavinlinna Castle debut on July 21. Conducting the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra will be charismatic Philippe Auguin.

The premiere of La traviata begins the opera week on July 20. The splendid direction by Mariusz Treliński adds visual fizz to some of Verdi’s best-known melodies, while conductor Lawrence Foster continues the list of world-famous maestros appearing at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

This week’s performance of Boris Godunov was sold out, but some tickets are still available for July 22, 27 and 30. Here, if ever, is a meeting of two Finnish giants; Matti Salminen and Leif Segerstam are absolutely in their element.

Timo Mustakallio Competition at the Savonlinna Hall on July 19

The testing ground for promising young singers culminates in the one-day Timo Mustakallio Competition at the Savonlinna Hall, Kylpylaitoksentie 4, on July 19: first round at 11.00 and finals at 19.00. Come and support the singers, see if you can spot the stars of the future and whether you agree with the Jury.

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Advance ticket sales for the 2016 season

Please note that advance sales of tickets for the 2016 season have already begun. Check out this link for details of our 2016 programme! A 10 per cent early purchasing concession will be granted on all sales completed before 31 August 2015.

Lippupiste ticket agency
Telephone service +358 (0)600 900 900 (€1.98/min+lnc/mpc, open daily 7-22)
Ticket outlets, see list www.lippu.fi/myyntipisteet
In Savonlinna Sokos (Olavinkatu 57) and Prisma (Nojanmaantie 15).
Online store www.lippu.fi

Savonlinna Opera Festival  office,
Olavinkatu 27, Savonlinna
Open during the festival season (July 3 – August 2) on performance evenings Mon-Fri from 9 and on Saturdays and on Sundays from 10 until the start of the performance.
Open outside the festival season Mon-Fri 9-16.
Tel. +358 (0)15 476 750, sales@operafestival.fi

Tickets at Tallisaari Island (the building on the right just before the pontoon bridge to the Castle) two hours before the start of the performance