The Festival takes place at the medieval Olavinlinna Castle, built in 1475. The castle is located amid spectacular lake scenery.
The Savonlinna Opera Festival has emerged into an internationally recognized festival lasting a month. Each year it performs to a total audience of around 70,000, a good 10% come from abroad. Each year the Festival has, in addition to staging leading works from classical operatic repertoire, staged its own productions.