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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Savonlinna, Finland

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July 2019
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SavonlinnaThe Barber of Seville

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Frédéric Chaslin; Kari Heiskanen; Antti Mattila; Matti Hyökki; Laura Verrecchia; Tatarintsev Aleksey


Verdi: Rigoletto
Philippe Auguin; Sir David McVicar; Tanya McCallin; Dalibor Jenis; Cristina Pasaroiu

SavonlinnaMass in C Minor

Mozart: Mass no.18 in C minor "Great", K427 (K417a)
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra; Matti Hyökki; Jaakko Kuusisto; Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir

SavonlinnaSavonlinna Festival

SavonlinnaI Masnadieri

Verdi: I masnadieri
Michele Mariotti; Sir David McVicar; Charles Edwards; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Michele Pertusi; Fabio Sartori

SavonlinnaGala Concert

Unknown programme - opera
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala; Michele Mariotti; Sonya Yoncheva; Giorgio Berrugi; Leo Nucci; Ferruccio Furlanetto
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Satan, sex, blood and redemption: Faust in Finland

Clemens Unterreiner (Valentin) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Auguin conducted as if he really believes in this evergreen work, which was wonderful to hear in the composer’s rather overlooked anniversary year.
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Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
This was more stadium rock than stuffy opera house, lighting as ‘metaphor made real’ as the lovers were – literally – star-struck, blinded by love.
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Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
There is a reason that Butterfly has the highest blub factor in the repertory, for it is not only for Cio-Cio-San that we weep, but for ourselves. 
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McVicar 's Rigoletto travels to the Savonlinna Festival

Ramë Lahaj (The Duke of Mantua) and Tuuli Takala (Gilda) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
David McVicar's production may divide audiences with its no holds barred approach to the debauchery of the court of Mantua, but is well worth seeing for the Gilda of Tuuli Takala.
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A concert of two choirs at Savonlinna

Sampo Haapaniemi and the YL Male Voice and Tapiola Choirs © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
The Savonlinna Opera Festival took a break from the stage and brought in the YL Male Voice Choir and the Tapiola Choir for a concert of Finnish choral music.
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Kullervo at the Savonlinna Festival

Rusanen (Kullervo), Birthe Wingren (Blind Singer), Karlström (Kimmo), and Hannu Forsberg (Kalervo) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
Kari Heiskanen's questionable production of Sallinen's bleak opera is revived with a superb cast under the nuanced baton of Hannu Lintu.
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