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Aino Ackté’s Villa

    Aino Ackté-Jalander (Aino Achté) (born Helsinki, Finland 1876 – died Nummela, Finland, 1944) was a soprano and one of the first Finnish international opera stars. Ackté started studying in Paris Conservatory in 1894 and she debuted as a part of Paris Opera in 1897. Her performance as Marguerite in Faust was a success and Ackté started to perform four nights a week. While working in Paris, Aino also performed in Finland during vacations. She also worked in New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1904–1906. Ackté is most known for her role as Richard Strauss’ Salome, which she performed in Leipzig in 1907. Ackté’s international career ended in 1913 and she returned to Finland. She founded Finnish National Opera and Ballet in 1911 with Edvard Fazer and Oskar Merikanto, and was the lead of organizing Savonlinna Opera Festival, which was first held in St. Olaf’s Castle in 1912. This building was first built in 1877 and designed by Henrik Borgström, but Aino Ackté bought the villa in 1904 and lived there until her death.

    Address : Tullisaaren puisto, Helsinki

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