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Savonlinna Opera Festival
From: 2013.07.05 To: 2013.08.04
If you ask Finnish people about the greatest event in the cultural life of Finland, they will definitely mention Savonlinna Opera Festival. The birth of the festival ties in closely with the emerging Finnish identity and Finland’s striving for independence at the beginning of the 20th century. The first opera festival was held in 1912, when the famous opera soprano Aino Ackté was impressed by the beauty of the medieval Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna and she turned it into a stronghold of operatic art. Unfortunately, the festival was closed for more than 40 years and only in 1967 it came to life again. In 1967 performances at the Savonlinna Opera Festival had a tremendous success and nowadays this year is regarded as the start of the present Festival. Aino Ackté was right: first-class opera in a romantic, medieval castle amid lake scenery of ‘supernatural beauty’ is a unique and hence unforgettable experience.