The Savonlinna Opera Festival – One of the world’s best-known opera festivals

In summer 2020, the medieval castle of Olavinlinna on the shore of Lake Saimaa will again echo with a fascinating array of opera. This will include King Roger, which has seen a surge in popularity around the world, the festival’s first baroque opera by Handel, Karita Mattila’s gala concert, and beloved classics: Carmen, La traviata and The Barber of Seville. Visiting productions will be performed by Croatian National Theatre from Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture.

Artistic Director Ville Matvejeff:

”I’ve been asked about how I’m planning to revitalise the Opera Festival. I want to start with the opera itself. Interesting productions, captivating drama and ravishing music in the Lakeland summer night are what make us unique. They are the soul of the Opera Festival, which I want to nurture. I’ve also aimed to select singers, conductors and directors who I know will bring a breath of fresh air to the castle stage.


The Savonlinna Opera Festival is the Finnish cultural event best known internationally and a leading Finnish tourist destination.

Over the years it has grown into an international festival lasting one month. It attracts an annual total audience of around 70,000, a good 10 per cent from abroad. Savonlinna has become an icon among opera-lovers the world over, for it is more than just first-class opera in ancient castle; it is also an idyllic little town set amid lakes, islands and forests, light summer nights, and a stimulating cultural atmosphere. It is a matchless opportunity for East to meet West in the great courtyard of medieval Olavinlinna Castle, surrounded by mighty stone walls. The unique 2,264-seat castle auditorium has excellent acoustics and is protected by an awning from wind and rain.

Long live Finland and the Savonlinna Opera Festival!


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