May 11, 2012 08:14 BST It’s a big year for one of the best known Finnish cultural events, the Savonlinna Opera Festival; it’s been 100 years since Aino Ackté, the most illustrious Finnish soprano of her day, made the event happen for the first time.
May 11, 2012 08:14 BST The setting for the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Olavinlinna Castle is truly one of a kind.
May 11, 2012 08:14 BST The center stage of the Savonlinna Opera Festival is Olavinlinna Castle in central Savonlinna, on the shore of Finland's Grand Lake Saimaa. During the festival, pre-show dinner cruises are available, and the boat takes guests to the back entrance of Olavinlinna, providing a sneak peek backstage.
May 11, 2012 08:14 BST The unique atmosphere inside Olavinlinna Castle is one of those things that just has to be experienced on site. Entering and exiting the castle complete the event, as the beautiful surroundings make sure even the most hardened cynic is left amazed.