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Guide to Concerts, Classical Music, Opera and Ballet in Finland

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SnappertunaWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Patricia Borgman; Sixten Lundberg; Unknown; Petri Horttana; Vilma Eklöv

SavonlinnaQueen of SpadesNew production

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

SavonlinnaFaust

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

KuhmoPeer Gynt

Grieg: Peer Gynt: Incidental music, Op. 23
Kaisa Kortelainen; Blanca Gleisner; Michel Lethiec; Jaakko Luoma
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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LOOKING BACK AT PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THE BRQ VANTAA AND SAVONLINNA FESTIVALS
Yllastunturi © Oula Lehtinen | Wikimedia Commons
Yllastunturi
© Oula Lehtinen | Wikimedia Commons