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

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HelsinkiCandide

Bernstein: Candide
Helsinki Sinfonietta

HelsinkiWednesday series 1

Tiensuu, Liszt, Lutosławski
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Evgeny Kissin

HelsinkiThursday series 1

Tiensuu, Liszt, Lutosławski
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Evgeny Kissin

LahtiSibelius Festival Opening Concert

Sibelius
Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Dima Slobodeniouk; Baiba Skride

LahtiLate evening chamber music concert

Sibelius: Piano trio in A minor
Wellamo Trio
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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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. 
****1
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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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