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Finland: Savonlinna Opera
Finland: Savonlinna Opera OverviewWe experience the magic of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Verdi's La Traviata performed in a Finnish mediaeval castle set in a lake, travel through silver birch forest for chamber music concerts at Kuhmo on the Russian border and enjoy exploring the attractive capital Helsinki on a guided tour running 19 - 26 July 2020.
The midsummer Opera Festival at Savonlinna in Finland is internationally famed, not just for the calibre of the performances, but also for its magical setting in a mediaeval castle rising dramatically out of the lake. Further north, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival attracts artists and audiences from all over the world. It has consistently been ranked amongst the world’s top music festivals.
Our visit features forest walks and boat trips to explore this idyllic region of silver birch forest and tranquil lakes, 3 chamber music concerts, plus 2 opera performances.
In Kuhmo, we encounter the vast forests of the archetypal Finnish landscape and between Savonlinna and Helsinki we travel along the old King’s Road, where the brightly painted wooden houses reflect both Swedish and Russian architectural influences.We finish the trip in Finland’s lively and attractive capital, Helsinki. In summer, the city enjoys long hours of sunshine, pavement cafés flourish and impromptu art shows and street theatre entertain passers-by. We wander the wide, tree-lined avenues admiring the beautifully preserved Art Nouveau facades, Alvar Aalto’s contemporary architectural masterpieces and the fine Neo-Classical buildings which line the busy quaysides. During the week, we sample Finland’s summer specialities such as reindeer, fish from the lakes, wild forest mushrooms and tangy Arctic cloudberries.