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Join us in celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence! We have put together a lineup of top Finnish performers for autumn 2017.

Choose your favourites and build your own Finland 100 package – at a substantial discount!

The Opera and Ballet will be celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence throughout 2017 with foreign tours and new productions. Our celebratory programme in autumn 2017 includes two world premieres of Finnish works: the opera Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata by Sebastian Fagerlund and the ballet extravaganza Land of Kalevala.

Finland 100 ticket packages

Small package

Choose 3 or 4 performances from the Finland 100 programme for a 15% discount.

The offer applies to a limited number of seats in the stalls and the 1st balcony. Premieres are not included. The discount is calculated on the normal ticket prices.

Big package

Choose 5 to 7 performances from the Finland 100 programme for a 20% discount.

The offer applies to a limited number of seats in the stalls and the 1st balcony. Premieres are not included. The discount is calculated on normal ticket prices.

Gift package

When you buy a package, you will receive the tickets right away. You can thus share a package with a friend or buy it to give as a Christmas present.

You can choose any combination of productions – only opera, only ballet, or a mix of both – and can thus customise the package to your taste.

Book a ticket package by telephone: +358 9 4030 2211, Mon to Fri 09.00–18.00, Sat 12.00–18.00

Performances included in the packages

Anne Sofie von Otter

Performances in the main auditorium 8 Aug to 5 Oct 2017
Sebastian Fagerlund

Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata

The much-anticipated highlight of the season is the world premiere of a new Finnish opera. Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata is the meeting of a story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and the music of Sebastian Fagerlund. The role of Charlotte has been specially composed for Anne Sofie von Otter, one of the most highly esteemed mezzo-sopranos of our time. This is the first time Von Otter has been seen on the Finnish National Opera stage.

Land of Kalevala

Performances in the main auditorium 3 Nov 2017 to 9 Feb 2018
Kenneth Greve

Land of Kalevala

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is making a huge investment in the Finland 100 celebrations with a blockbuster production focusing on Finland’s history – and future.

The Land of Kalevala ballet spectacle by Kenneth Greve will be premiered on 3 November 2017. Its story touches on milestone moments in Finnish history and culture with a bold combination of various art forms. The end result will be a playful, touching and slightly mad production that can only be the work of an outside observer.

Ihmepoika A

School opera
Performances in external venue 10 Oct to 30 Nov 2017
Timo Hietala – Paleface

Ihmepoika A

The school opera Ihmepoika A (Wonder Boy A) is a production to be created jointly by pupils in lower-level comprehensive school and opera professionals. The opera will have lyrics by rap artist Karri Miettinen, aka Paleface, and music by Timo Hietala.

Meet the Masters

Performance in the main auditorium 28 Sep 2017

Meet the Masters – Code to Joy

Meet the Masters concert gives budding musicians from the music schools in the Helsinki region the chance to perform with the National Opera orchestra. Prepare to experience the joy of music and to see intensely concentrated faces.

Finland celebrates

Performances in the main auditorium 5 to 6 Dec 2017

Finland celebrates!

The Finnish National Opera celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence with joy. A good time for all is quaranteed by familiar songs, popular soloists, Finland’s only professional chorus, a top-notch orchestra and the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.


Finland 100 abroad


The Snow Queen visited Copenhagen

In one of the top moments of the centenary year of Finland’s independence, the Finnish National Ballet visited Copenhagen in January 2017 and age four performances of Kenneth Greve’s hugely successful ballet The Snow Queen at the Royal Danish Opera from 27 to 29 Jan 2017.

Muumipeikko ja Taikurin hattu_photo Saara Salmi

Finnish National Ballet on tour in Japan in April

The Finnish National Ballet visited Tokyo and Osaka in Japan in April 2017, with six performances at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on 22–25 April and two performances in Osaka on 29–30 April. The programme included a new Moomin ballet by Kenneth Greve. Moomin and the Magician’s Hat is specifically designed for the Japan tour and is based on Tove Jansson’s book Trollkarlens hatt (Finn Family Moomintroll).

Finnair, a leading Nordic airline, was the Finnish National Ballet’s partner for the Japan tour. The tour forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.