Savonlinna Festival

Sunday 9 - Thursday 13 July 2017

This holiday is offered to Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera, WNO Friends

and clients of John Whibley "Holidays with Music"


The Finnish Opera Festival is held each year in the courtyard of the atmospheric 15th century castle Olavinlinna. Thousands of opera lovers come from all over the world for this unique musical experience.

Verdi: Rigoletto
Savonlinna Festival Orchestra and Choir, Philippe Auguin conductor,
David McVicar stage director   Cast includes: Rame Lahaj, Kirill Manolov, Tuuli Takala, Hanna Rantala, Merja Mäkelä, Mika Kares, Katarina Giotas.
Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio
Savonlinna Festival Orchestra and Choir, Christoph Altstaedt conductor, Katariina Lahti stage director
 Cast includes: Sebastian Wirnitzer, Jussi Myllys, Jonathan Winell.
Sallinen: Kullervo
Savonlinna Festival Orchestra and Choir, Hannu Lintu conductor,
Kari Heiskanen stage director   Cast includes: Ville Rusanen, Dan Karlström, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Hannu Forberg, Sanna Matinniemi, Niina Keitel.
Staying at the Herttua Hotel on the banks of beautiful Lake Peruvesi, 30 minutes from Savonlinna. Lake Peruvesi is supposedly “so clean you can drink the water straight from the lake”. Fifteen minutes’ walk away is Kerimäki, a small town which houses the world’s biggest wooden church.
 Swimming in the pool or lake, boating and of course sauna, are available.

London Heathrow - Helsinki
9 July British Airways BA794 dep.11.25 arr.16.20 
13 July BA799 dep.17.10 arr.18.20

Manchester - Helsinki
9 July Finnair AY934 dep.10.25 arr.15.10 
13 July AY937 dep.16.05 arr. 17.00

Glasgow - Helsinki,via Amsterdam
9 July KLM KL1472/KL1169 dep.9.15 arr.17.30 
13 July KL1170/KL1481 dep.18.15 arr.21.45
Cost per person: £1695 (based on 2 people sharing)   
Single Room Supplement: £105

The cost of this holiday will cover the following:

  • Flights to Helsinki
  • 4 nights bed and breakfast in the Herttua Hotel
  • All transfers
  • Tickets to 3 operas
  • Boat trip on lake
  • 4 meals
  • Services of tour escort, Richard Whibley


Travel insurance is not included

Details are correct at time of publishing (May 2017) but may be subject to change.

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