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Giacomo Puccini

Tosca

7.9.2018 – 18.10.2018

The opera to end all operas.

Limitless love, scathing hatred, music bursting with emotion – what more can you expect from an unforgettable opera experience? Autumn 2018 will see the premiere of a new version of Puccini’s beloved classic. The direction of the multi-award winning Christof Loy guarantees a fresh and original vision.

Tosca
Carolyn Carlson - Serge Lifar

A French soiree

28.9.2018 – 20.10.2018

Très chic!

A French soiree presents two totally different dance works – naturally with a good dose of French elegance. Carolyn Carlson’s Pneuma is sophisticated and philosophical, an ode to humanity. Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc radiates the style and glamour of pure classical ballet.

A French soiree
Jacques Offenbach

The Tales of Hoffmann

19.10.2018 – 20.11.2018

An incredibly inventive look at love problems

A poet details the great loves of his life – we promise you’ll find this story so entertaining that you’d never want it to end. Johannes Erath’s critically-acclaimed direction maintains constant action onstage, while still giving space to Jacques Offenbach’s entrancingly beautiful music.  Premiere in Autumn 2018.

The tales of Hoffmann
Giselle

Edvard Fazer Prize Awarded to Étoile Dancer Eun-Ji Ha

The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Edvard Fazer Prize has been awarded to danseuse étoile Eun-Ji Ha of the Finnish National Ballet. Ha received the cup and accompanying cheque for EUR 10,000 during the première of Giselle on the stage of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet on Friday 23 February 2018.
Don Quijote

Evli Bank and Finnish National Opera and Ballet to start co-operation

Evli Bank, which specialises in investments, started co-operation with the National Opera and Ballet at the beginning of 2018. The values shared by the two include the highest level of professionalism, as well as premium quality, Finnish origin, and strong international networks. Extraordinary experiences that can be offered to Evli’s customers, personnel and other stakeholders are central to this partnership. At the same time, Evli is proud to support Finnish culture, creativity and expertise.
Madeleine Onne

Madeleine Onne appointed Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet

Madeleine Onne has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet. The Board of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet made their final decision in a meeting held today, Tuesday October the 10th. The Board invited the personnel groups of the Opera and Ballet to share their views on the appointment, and their statements were unanimously positive. Onne will start her new position in August 2018.
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