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Finnish National Opera and Ballet seeks new General Director

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is looking for a new General Director. The current General Director, Päivi Kärkkäinen, will retire in spring 2018, and her replacement will be expected to take up the post at the beginning of 2018. The recruitment process will begin in January 2017.

Applicants are expected to be have management experience, vision and an appreciation of culture. The principal duties of the General Director will include implementing strategy, achieving a solid funding base, securing the operational potential of the FNOB and identifying future opportunities. The General Director of the FNOB is also a major opinion leader in the field of Finnish culture. The General Director is responsible for overall management of the entire organisation; the Artistic Directors of the Opera and the Ballet report to him or her.

“The FNOB is in excellent shape artistically, financially and administratively. Päivi Kärkkäinen has done a great job in reforming and leading the company, and her contribution to the wonderful state the FNOB is in today is exceptionally remarkable,” says Leena Niemistö, chairman of the Board of Directors. Päivi Kärkkäinen took up her post nine years ago, in December 2007.

“I have hugely enjoyed my job in this creative and wonderful environment, and I am still excited about it. I have been able to witness what an important force culture is in society. But one year from now I will be happy to pursue other interests,” says Päivi Kärkkäinen.

Finnish National Ballet seeks new Artistic Director

The FNOB is seeking not only a new General Director but also a new Artistic Director for the Ballet, as the fixed-term post of Kenneth Greve will come to an end in summer 2018.

The new Artistic Director will be signed on for a four-year period, 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2022, with a two-year renewal option.

“I will leave the FNB in 2018 with contentment but of course also with a heavy heart. It has been a wonderful ten years. Now it is time for my family to decide where we will go next. My wife is French, and our son is already studying in France, so we will be relocating in that direction,” says Danish-born Kenneth Greve.

According to the preliminary timetable, the new appointee will be selected before summer 2017 so that the Director will have plenty of time to participate in repertoire planning.

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The FNOB is a performing arts institution of artistically high quality, a medium-sized opera company by European standards. The FNOB reaches not only Finnish audiences but international audiences too through regular joint productions with distinguished opera houses abroad and digitally streamed performances available free of charge online. In spring 2017, the FNOB will give guest performances in Copenhagen, Tokyo and Osaka. The FNOB has about 530 salaried employees and 100 hourly-paid employees, besides which some 900 guest artists visit in any given season. In the autumn now ending, the main auditorium has again recorded a high capacity factor, 95%.