Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Fortress

Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Fortress

Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Fortress
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Jocke
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Fantastic opera festival in a beautiful setting.
The operas are of very high quality and the service is out of this world.
I am wheel-chair bound and the personnel meets you outside the medieval castle and pushes, drags and almost carries you into the stands. After the opera the same again in reverse.
Everybody is friendly and this includes also the public.
Written 21 July 2022
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Robin O
Halifax, UK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were extremely lucky to find that the last days of the Savonlinna Opera Festival coincided with the start of our holiday in Finland so we booked tickets for Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. We were not disappointed. Olavinlinna Castle is fantastic in its own right but as a location for staging an opera, it is awesome with its open plan stage backed by the castle’s courtyard walls. The courtyard is fully covered and has all the lighting and special effects that one has come to expect of top flight opera. The soloists, orchestra and opera chorus were all excellent as was the acoustic. Interval drinks are taken on the various levels of the castle’s ramparts – so picturesque in the evening sun. But what made our visit extra special was the “backstage tour” beforehand, available on only a couple of days a week at 4 pm, which gives a behind the scenes insight into how the show is put on. One not to be missed if you get the opportunity.
Written 4 August 2019
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burkongla
Skien, Norway109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I have visited the castle many times on my trips to Finland, and I have always seen the posters for the opera festival and wanted to go. Finally after several years we went, and I was not disappointed. The setting is very cool, I mean, it is an opera festival inside a castle afterall. Great way to utilize this old castle. I can strongly recommend it to anyone, it was my first opera experience and I am glad I had it here.
Written 29 July 2019
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JPH4
Sodankyla, Finland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
The most magical place to watch opera. I was enthralled by Aida and amused by The Magic Flute in Finnish.
Written 6 November 2018
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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia13,894 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
Dry and slow. Good idea they had made it 2 acts instead of 4. The audience was friendly and hospitable, applause well heard on my Tube clip, but I had seen people leaving well before poor Desdemona lost her life – apparently to save theirs!
Nothing wrong with the production as such. Although minimalistic, as one can expect of Finnish design, the stage setting – sort of a lavish Venetian mirror, broken into pieces to make a background screen as well as a stage platform - was both expressive and functional. The latter quite an asset, taking into account that it was their guest performance at our Bolshoi New stage.
Same about mise-en-scène – simple, traditional, non-assuming and non-annoying :) Well, a just bit, I think they overdid it with the cinema effect – a couple of minutes is appropriate and even ingenious, but when you see the same photo images struggling and trembling at the background for the duration of the entire aria or chorus, it’s really too much of a good thing. Othello and Desdemona together in bed in the final scene, making sort of Romeo and Juliette, look a bit naïve to my taste.
I would praise the wardrobe – all the costumes were elegant and well-fitting, which is not easy, as most tenors are no photo models - if they had not chosen grey as the main theme. Especially as the stage settings were of stone shade, too. I mean, if you take each costume separately, they look splendid, silver-glistening. But when they appear en mass, the impression is sort of a mouse-colour, and it doesn’t do justice to Italian climate – or Cyprian, for that matter. Desdemona was suitably in white, and Othello in bloodshot red – a bit straightforward, but not bad. Would have been worse, if they had no clothes at all, by modern tendencies…
The cast is on the accompanying photos. The ladies, as usual, sounded better, the young Marina Costa-Jackson was OK as Desdemona, though not as touching as our Marina Poplavskaya, an unsurpassed operatic lady-victim. Both leading gentlemen disappointed, IMHO. I did look up Carl Tanner, the tenor, before booking the tickets – he sounds much better on YouTube. About Elia Fabbian, the baritone, can’t say even that…
I started to regret the time ill-spent until I heard Kihwan Sim as Lodovico. Shame indeed he only had a few lines to sing! Not that I immediately recognized him, haven’t got such a perfect ear, but the theatre bill told me he is the Korean bass-baritone I heard – and very much admired – in Opéra de Nice, he was Jean Procida in ‘Les vêpres siciliennes’. A truly outstanding performance! I mean just Kihwan Sim, not the whole cast. That was four years ago, I thought he would have made a great International career by now, but it doesn’t look like it. Life isn’t fair in the opera world either…
Written 21 September 2018
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JudithTaylor000
Bury St. Edmunds, UK92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were at the opening night of the 2018 festival and were treated to a wonderful performance of Gounod’s Faust. The castle is a perfect backdrop for this devilish tale. Great production and some impressive singers but the real stars were Valentin and the opera chorus. The rain drumming on the roof added to the macabre atmosphere. For people who are considering going to this venue, the dress code was smart casual even on the opening night with just a few people in evening dress and black tie and sensible shoes are a must because of the cobbles. There are refreshments and snacks beforehand and during the interval. It’s best to be there at least half an hour beforehand.
Written 8 July 2018
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12APlace
Edinburgh, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
It was our 48th Wedding Anniversary, so I was directed by my wife to find an opera. Even she was a little taken aback when I suggested Finland. But to Finland we came, and hired a car at Helsinki Airport (it is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna, though there is a local airport there). We had booked for I Puritani, by Bellini. Neither of us knew it, so I bought a CD with Callas and di Stefano, and we listened to it a good deal prior to the opera. With singers like that, though, it was going to be a disappointment. It was not! The setting is magical - you walk over a drawbridge onto an island castle built in the ?15th century as the last bastion of Sweden's then protection. Water is all around, and the castle is as castley as one could wish for. And then the opera. A background of 100 yards of fortification wall, and singers (from the Madrid opera company) who were breathtakingly good. There were English sur-titles. The whole experience was one which we shall never forget. If ever you have the chance to go, please do - the festival runs for a month from early July until early August. We feel privileged to have been there.
Written 26 August 2017
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Ronald L
Gothenburg, Sweden85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Watched Rigoletto and was treated to a very good show. The singing from Gilda was most excellent. The setting at the ancient fort only adds to the ambience. Highly recommended.
Written 12 July 2017
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Samondo
Helsinki, Finland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Savonlinna Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Fortress is an experience to live, and live again every summer!
Written 11 July 2017
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DianeMersonJones
Dalry, Scotland, United Kingdom28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Mozart's Seraglio was stunning this evening. The singing, orchestra and set were all fabulous. Just a shame we paid neatly £100 per ticket and I couldn't see over the barrier in front of me. I got a cushion which helped a bit. Moved seats at the interval as my neck was so sore straining to see. Fingers crossed for the 2 operas tomorrow, although I suspect the same thing will happen. Avoid the front row of block D if you plan to go!
Written 7 July 2017
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