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Savonlinna Opera Festival 2024, Finland

5 July - 4 August

The Savonlinna Opera Festival is Finland’s premier cultural event.

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Held from 5 July to 4 August the Savonlinna Opera Festival Finland is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world with Olavinlinna Castle on Lake Saimaa providing an amazing backdrop.

Savonlinna is a historic city set in Finland’s lake district. Each year it is transformed in summer with 70,000 people attending the world famous music festival which features operas by Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.

Mika Nevalainen, the festival’s commercial director, says “Savonlinna, in its summer splendour, is at its most picturesque during the festival. Visitors will be enthralled by the Nordic scenery, the medieval ambience, and the performances by world-renowned opera stars.”

Savonlinna Opera Festival Finland

It is not just its amazing setting that makes the festival unique. The festival draws some of the finest operatic performances each year.

This year will see the Savonlinna debut for Nabucco by Verdi, directed by Rodula Gaitanou, as well as performances by internationally acclaimed artists such as Karita Mattila, who will be playing Ortrud in Lohengrin by Wagner, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

In addition to the classics there will also be performances by Norrlandsoperan in Sweden and the Prague National Theatre with works including contemporary works such as Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater, and The Bartered Bride.

Other artists performing at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2024 include Gabriele Viviani, Oksana Dyka, Mika Kares, Anthony Ciaramitaro, Lucio Gallo, Frédéric Antoun and Sinéad Campbell Wallace.

When Is Savonlinna Opera Festival 2024?

5 July 5 to 4 August.

Where Is It?

Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna, Finland.
Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna, Finland.

Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna, Finland.

How to Get to Savonlinna?

Savonlinna, is a one-hour flight, or four hours by train, from Helsinki.

Savonlinna Opera Festival 2024

For more information on the Savonlinna Finland Opera Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit:

Savonlinna Opera Festival Dress Code

There is no formal dress code for the opera festival but as it is held in a medieval castle at night, audiences are advised to bring something warm to wear.

Things To Do in Finland’s Lakeland

This is a most spectacular region of the country. To discover what you can do in your trip to Lakeland Finland, go to the official Visit Lakeland Finland website.


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