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

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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

SavonlinnaRigoletto

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
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An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Carè, Stundytė and Pursio all shine as singers and actors in an intense, exciting production at the Finnish National Opera.
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Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

Baiba Skride © Maarit Kyt Aharju
Baiba Skride gripped the audience in Sibelius's Violin Concerto in the opening concert of this year's Sibelius Festival in Lahti, along with some rarities by the composer.
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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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