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Memorable experiences for everyone

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national art institution, offering opera and ballet performances and other events to audiences of all ages. With guest performances, school operas, recordings and live streams as well as television and radio broadcasts, it delivers extraordinary experiences around Finland and the world.

In terms of personnel, the FNOB is a medium-sized opera and ballet company. It has approximately 550 employees on its monthly payroll from 30 countries. This includes 57 singers (soloists and choir members), 89 dancers, and 100 orchestra musicians. In addition to this, the productions feature a large number of guest performers from Finland and abroad. Experts of different artisan trades, from shoemakers to metalworkers, also work at the Opera House.

The FNOB generally stages four new opera productions and three new ballet productions each year. Added to these are revivals of old productions, resulting in a programme that is different every week and may include dozens of productions in the course of the year. The FNOB performs both established classics and contemporary opera and dance works, especially new Finnish works.

The FNOB is the only professional opera company in Finland. It traces its history back to 1911; the Ballet was founded in 1922. The company occupied the tiny Alexander Theatre for decades until the purpose-built Opera House was finally inaugurated in 1993. The Main Stage seats more than 1300, and there is a studio stage too. The foyers are also used for small-scale performances and free public events.

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Personnel

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Singers

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Dancers

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Orchestra

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News

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Changes to the spring repertoire – performances in February cancelled

The ongoing coronavirus situation and restrictions have a significant effect on the operations of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. We are cancelling all our performances and other events until the end of February. The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale and The Seven Brothers are removed from the repertoire completely.

Javier Torres appointed Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet

At its meeting on Thursday 21 October 2021, the Board of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet appointed Javier Torres López to the position of the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet. Javier Torres will assume his new position on 1 August 2022.

Javier Torres López proposed as the new Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet

In its meeting on Wednesday 6 October, the Board of Directors of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet decided to propose Javier Torres López as the Artistic Director of the Ballet. The proposal followed a motion by General Director Gita Kadambi, which had been unanimously supported by the nomination and remuneration committee appointed by the board.
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An appeal to ballet lovers

Donate ballet shoes to a dancer

Welcome to the virtual stage

Don Quixote

Stage24

Stage24 is the virtual stage of the Opera and Ballet. At Stage24 you can watch and listen to performances whenever you like. Our Live channel carries streamed performances from the main stage, featuring the most eagerly awaited and most interesting works in each season. Stage 24 is also a video library, containing trailers for all productions, event recordings and backstage documentaries.

Set the stage in your living room!

Puccini: Tosca; Andrea Caré, Aušrinė Stundytė

OperaVision

The largest opera house in Europe has been opened – in your home. OperaVision is a joint web service by 30 European opera houses and Opera Europa, through which you can enjoy the very best of opera free of charge, without leaving your sofa. Along with the Finnish National Opera, OperaVision will show live broadcasts from The Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio from Turin, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, The Royal Opera from London, Teatro Real from Madrid, the Norwegian National Opera, and more.

History of Opera & Ballet

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

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Opera and ballet over the years

The performance database contains information on every performance given by the Finnish National Opera and Ballet since 1911. The database currently contains details on every night’s performance and premiere casts.