The Finnish National Ballet is a ballet company of internationally high quality. The FNB programmes both classical ballets and contemporary dance works, with 3–4 premiere productions and 4–5 revivals in the main auditorium each year. The FNB gives some 80 performances per year and is the only full-scale professional ballet company in Finland. The FNB is an international company whose 76 dancers represent more than 20 nationalities. About half of the members are Finnish, most of them trained at the FNB Ballet School. The FNB also has a Youth Group for young dancers.
Principal Ballet Mistress Ingrid Némečková
My job is to help and support the dancers. No one is successful all the time, and it is important to be there for them when things don’t go as they should.
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.
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.
Anna Kelo to direct the new Ring cycle at FNO
The new Finnish productions of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen will be staged at National Opera from 2019 to 2021. Anna Kelo has been selected to direct the epic sequence, which will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.