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Memorable experiences for everyone

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national art institution, offering opera and ballet performances and other events to audiences of all ages. Guest performances, school operas, TV broadcasts and streaming bring the FNOB to everyone all over the country and even the globe.

In terms of personnel, the FNOB is a medium-sized opera and ballet company. There are about 530 permanent employees. The Orchestra has 111 members, the Chorus has 50 singers, and the Ballet has 78 dancers. Finnish and foreign guest performers appear alongside the FNOB’s own soloists. The FNOB also employs experts from a wide range of crafts specialities, from shoemakers to metalworkers.

The FNOB generally stages four new opera productions and three new ballet productions each year. Added to these are revivals of old productions, resulting in a programme that is different every week and may include dozens of productions in the course of the year. The FNOB performs both established classics and contemporary opera and dance works, especially new Finnish works.

The FNOB is the only professional opera company in Finland. It traces its history back to 1911; the Ballet was founded in 1922. The company occupied the tiny Alexander Theatre for decades until the purpose-built Opera House was finally inaugurated in 1993. The main auditorium seats more than 1,300, and there is a studio stage too. The foyers are also used for small-scale performances and free public events.

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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.
Ice

Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice. The novel was awarded the Finlandia prize, Finland’s most prestigious literary award, in 2012.
Patrick Fourmillier

A new Principal Guest Conductor at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Conductor Patrick Fournillier will start as the National Opera and Ballet’s Principal Guest Conductor in the coming season.
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Orksteri

FNOB personnel

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is an employer on a significant scale: opera and ballet can only be created through the combined efforts of a great number of people. The FNOB has 550 permanent employees: 111 orchestra members, 49 chorus members, 8 soloists, 78 ballet dancers, 59 employees in other artistic duties and production, 189 employees in technical duties and workshops, 9 in Ballet School and 47 administrators. FNOB personnel are an international crowd, with 36 different nationalities. In addition to permanent personnel, the FNOB has some 900 guest employees in various fields each year.

Pohjalaisia 1924 loppukohtaus

A century of grand emotions

The company that evolved into the FNO was established in 1911; the associated ballet company was established in 1922. Housed in the tiny Alexander Theatre, the Opera and Ballet lived through Finland’s independence struggle, shortages, wars, reconstruction and the emergence of the welfare society. Celebrated singers and dancers made guest appearances, and Finnish opera and ballet expertise was exported. The new Opera House was completed in 1993, after decades of waiting. The FNOB has been the home of grand emotions for more than a century – on stage and sometimes offstage.

The Opera Platform

The Opera Platform

The largest opera house in Europe has been opened – in your home. The FNO is a member of a service jointly created by 15 major European opera houses and the Arte cultural channel to bring you a rich programme of live performances for free. Enjoy!

Carmen

Opera and ballet over the years

The performance database contains information on every performance given by the Finnish National Opera and Ballet since 1911. The database currently contains details on every night’s performance and premiere casts.