Founded in 1911, the Finnish National Opera is the only professional opera company in Finland. The mission of the FNO is to perform both perennial classics and new works from home and abroad. There are some 100 opera performances every year, with about a dozen works in production at any given time. The performing season runs from August to June. Domestic tours, school opera projects, TV broadcasts and online streaming distribute the FNO’s performances all over Finland.
The Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera is Lilli Paasikivi, and Esa-Pekka Salonen is Artist in Association.