Classic Italian opera comes to Savonia

Savonlinna’s 2009 festival season began with  Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Savonlinna’s 2009 festival season began with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

The enchanting castle of Olavinlinna hosts national and international opera, a treat for true opera lovers.

The romantic medieval castle in Savonlinna has hosted unforgettable opera premieres since 1987. The guest for the Opera Festival season 2009 is the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, one of Italy’s leading opera houses.

The Italians bring three magnificent productions to Savonia. Pietro Mascagni’s 1890 one-act Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) is a tale of love betrayed, jealousy and revenge. Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 work Pagliacci (Clowns) plays on the classic theme of a love triangle. The third opera, Vincenzo Bellini’s three-act I Puritani (The Puritans), premiered in 1835, will now be performed in Finland for the first time. It contains two simultaneous plots where the power of politics and love play important roles among the characters.

Susan Fourtané – Helsinki Times
Timo Seppäläinen – Image

Savonlinna Opera festival
Until 1 August

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About Susan Fourtané

As a citizen of the world, Susan began her search for her place in the world back at the beginning of the year 2000. After many travels looking for her place in the world, her soul found that place in Finland in September 2006. She has been living in Helsinki ever since, where she combines fiction and non-fiction writing with Philosophy studies and teaching.
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