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July 2018
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SavonlinnaQueen of SpadesNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Alexander Vedernikov; Jere Erkkilä; Jani Uljas; Yulia Mazurova; Melis Jaatinen; Irina Churilova


Gounod: Faust
Philippe Auguin; Vilppu Kiljunen; Kimmo Viskari; Marjukka Tepponen; Tuuli Takala; Jesus Garcia

SavonlinnaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Xian Zhang; Henry Akina; Dean Shibuya; Anne Namba; Sae-Kyung Rim; Gaston Rivero


Verdi: Otello
Hannu Lintu; Nadine Duffaut; Emmanuelle Favre; Katia Duflot; Aleksandrs Antonenko; Carl Tanner


Puccini: Turandot
Alberto Veronesi; Enrico Stinchelli; Franca Squarciapino; Coro del Puccini Festival; Orchestra del Puccini Festival


Puccini: Tosca
Alberto Veronesi; Enrico Vanzina; Coro del Puccini Festival; Orchestra del Puccini Festival
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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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“Amid the black water": a sensational new work from Aulis Sallinen at the Savonlinna Festival

Olavinlinna Castle © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
The Castle in the Water, Sallinen's new “chronicle”, is a new work of innovative beauty. Tragic, comic and epic, in seventy-five minutes it tells the history of Olavinlinna and gives a snap-shot of those connected to it.
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Savonlinna's Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Jyrki Korhonen (Osmin) and Tuomas Katajala (Belmonte) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-savo
The opening production of the 2017 Savonlinna Opera Festival had an optimistic message, strongly delivered by a cast led by the exceptional Konstanze of Hulkar Sabirova.
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A Finnish swan song at Savonlinna

Matti Salminen (Boris Godunov) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
Matti Salminen and conductor Leif Segerstam come together, probably for the last time, to give us an excellent evening's opera which touched the heart of Boris Godunov – a Finnish swan song as potent as anything penned by Sibelius.
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