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Italy comes to Olavinlinna Castle for this year’s Savonlinna Opera Festival. Invite a friend to join you for Otello and/or Don Giovanni, guest performances by the Ravenna Festival of Macbeth and Falstaff, and by the Teatro Regio Torino of La bohème and Norma. Or for a truly chilling experience you might try Janáček’s gripping From the House of the Dead. The 2016 Savonlinna opera season will run from July 8 to August 6.

Not yet really an opera fan? In that case, head for the Castle on July 24, when the legendary Love Records label will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala concert entitled LOVE in the Castle. Taking the stage as soloists in an event sure to arouse nostalgic youthful memories will be Maarit, Aija Puurtinen, Tuure Kilpeläinen, Dave Lindholm, Pave Maijanen and Pepe Willberg. In addition to Love Records hits by the label’s own soloists, the programme will include music by Mikko Alatalo, Hector, Kaseva, Pelle Miljoona, Tuomari Nurmio, Rauli Badding Somerjoki, Pekka Streng, Tasavallan Presidentti and Wigwam.

Programme 2016