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
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Savonlinna Opera festival
Until 1 August