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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 spring 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 will include two world premieres of Finnish works: the opera Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata by Sebastian Fagerlund and the ballet extravaganza Land of Kalevala. The programme of the whole centenary year will be updated on this page during spring 2017.

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 8 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

Only the sound remains

Opera
Performances in the main auditorium 12 to 29 Apr 2017
Kaija Saariaho

Only the Sound Remains

A new work by Finland’s internationally best-known contemporary  composer Kaija Saariaho, a double bill of miniature operas that is attracting rave reviews abroad. Surrender to the infinity of music.

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Contemporary dance
Performances in the main auditorium 19 to 27 May 2017
Susanna Leinonen – Virpi Pahkinen – Jyrki Karttunen – Jorma Uotinen

Force – four Finnish choreographers

This quadruple bill offers a varied cross-section of Finnish contemporary dance, with works by four top choreographers.

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Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti; Eun-Ji Ha, Florian Modan

Ballet
Performances in Almi Hall 3 to 16 Mar 2017
Anandah Kononen – Panu Aaltio

Moomin and the Comet

Everything is not right in Moomin Valley, and Moomintroll and his friends decide to find out what is going on. The choreography by Anandah Kononen brings the exciting, familiar tale to the world of ballet.

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Seitsemän veljestä; Tuukka Piitulainen, Antti Keinänen, Samuli Poutanen, Jani Talo, Nikolas Koskivirta, Frans Valkama, Teemu Tainio

Ballet
Performances the main auditorium 24 Mar to 7 Apr 2017
Marjo Kuusela – Eero Ojanen

The Seven Brothers

The story of Finland’s national novel takes us to Nurmijärvi and the antics of the wild Jukola brothers. Bringing the language of ballet into the story of the brothers opens up a new perspective on a familiar tale.

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Music and dance production
Performance in the main auditorium 29 Apr to 13 May 2017
Tero Saarinen – Jean Sibelius

Kullervo

The tragic hero of the Kalevala set to music by the young Jean Sibelius produced a Finnish masterpiece. Kullervo finds new life in Tero Saarinen’s interpretation of the life of this conflicted man.

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Tango! – Buenos Airesista Seinäjoelle

Concert with dance
Performances in the main auditorium 16 to 23 May 2017

Tango From Buenos Aires to Seinäjoki

An evening hosted by Jorma Uotinen and filled with the spicy rhythms and passion of tango.

Argentinean and Finnish tangos are interpreted by the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera with dancers and a star-studded lineup of singers including Waltteri Torikka and Arja Koriseva.

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iiro rantala

Concert
Performance in the main auditorium 12 March 2017

Iiro of the Opera

The concert series Iiro of the Opera cheerfully tears down borders and boundaries in a series of unexpected encounters at the Finnish National Opera. In spring 2017, we will see Johanna Rusanen and Jope Ruonansuu sharing the stage. We may expect a dazzling display of arias and virtuoso performances from all kinds of genres. Comedy may be unavoidable.

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Concert
Performance in the main auditorium 26 May 2017
Erkki Melartin

Aino

A curious landmark work from the early history of Finnish opera, performed in concert. The soloists are Helena Juntunen, Juha Kotilainen, Jyrki Anttila, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola and Jeni Packalen, and the concert is conducted by rising young talent Klaus Mäkelä.

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Finland 100 abroad

Lumikuningatar

The Snow Queen to visit Copenhagen

In one of the top moments of the centenary year of Finland’s independence, the Finnish National Ballet will be visiting Copenhagen in January 2017, giving 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 to tour Japan in April

The Finnish National Ballet will go on tour to 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 will include 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, is 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.

Coming in autumn 2017

Kalevalanmaa

Two Finnish world premieres

The centenary celebrations continue in the autumn with the world premieres of two Finnish works, the opera Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata by Sebastian Fagerlund and the ballet extravaganza Land of Kalevala by Kenneth Greve.