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Presenting the Opera programme in festive season

Two powerful operas will be premiered: a new, elegant production of Richard Wagner’s classic The Flying Dutchman, and the ferocious production of Shostakovich’s earthy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk that has been acclaimed all over Europe. Returning to the repertoire are the most popular opera ever, Carmen, and the bubbly operetta Die Fledermaus, the latter an excellent fit for Christmas party outings.

The experimental chamber opera Blank Out will be staged in Almi Hall as part of the Musica nova Helsinki festival. This opera combines a live singer with 3D moving images in a glimpse of the future of opera.

Have a look at the programme and find your favourites

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Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi

Artistic Director of the Opera



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 FNO has been the home of grand emotions for more than a century – on stage and sometimes offstage.

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Opera & Ballet in numbers

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*numbers of year 2015