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11/29/2011 Jan Hultin’s term as General Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival to culminate in the centenary season

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General Director Jan Hultin has decided to relinquish his post at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in autumn 2012 after ten years at the helm. Mr Hultin was appointed successor to Paavo Suokko in 2002. Working alongside him as Artistic Director have been opera singer Raimo Sirkiä (2002-2007) and since 2007 Conductor Jari Hämäläinen. Mr Hämäläinen’s contract runs until the 2013 season.

“The year 2012 and the centenary of the Savonlinna Opera Festival have long loomed in my mind as a watershed after which it would be natural to hand over the baton of this magnificent organisation and to strike out in a new direction,” is the reason Mr Hultin gives for his decision.

“The fact that Jan has decided to announce his intention in good time means we can give careful consideration to the search for his successor and will permit a smooth hand-over in the Festival’s direction,” says Ms Sari Baldauf, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. “This way we can also best cherish the results of Jan’s long and distinguished term in office. Our slogan for the jubilee year, “The Savonlinna Opera Festival 1912-2012. One hundred years. Into the future.” says how we think. We honour and respect our traditions while at the same time looking to the future. Jan and the whole, highly-competent Savonlinna Opera Festival team will be making the centenary year an experience such as never before for opera and Savonlinna fans both old and new. Next summer Savonlinna audiences can see both well-loved classics and trailblazing departures. Right now we are concentrating on building the Festival of a Century. The time for thanking and reminiscing – and sad goodbyes – will come after a successful jubilee summer.”

The search for a new General Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival will begin straight after New Year 2012. Mr Hultin has promised to lend his assistance in the hand-over whenever possible even after the jubilee season 2012.

Further info:
Ms Sari Baldauf (requests for info Savonlinna Opera Festival, tel. +358 40 5335207)

Jan Hultin, General Director
Tel. +358 400 483578