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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 33 countries. This includes 58 singers (soloists and choir members), 86 dancers, and 104 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.

Opera & Ballet in numbers

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*figures from 2021


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Thomas de Mallet Burgess appointed as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera

The Board of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Foundation made a unanimous decision about the appointment in a meeting on Tuesday 11 October 2022. From the many candidates, opera director Thomas de Mallet Burgess was the one who best fulfilled the criteria of the international recruitment process.

Opera director Thomas de Mallet Burgess proposed as Artistic Director of Finnish National Opera

The Board of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Foundation decided to recommend Mr. de Mallet Burgess in a meeting on Thursday 27 September 2022. “As an Artistic Director, Thomas brings a combination of experience and creativity that would boldly develop the future of opera at the Finnish National Opera”, says General Director Gita Kadambi.

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s XR Stage Project receives an international grant

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s XR Stage Project has received the international FEDORA Next Stage Grant of €60,000. The XR Stage Project is part of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s Opera Beyond project. The grant recipients were announced on 17 June at The Opera Europa Spring Conference in Prague.
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An appeal to ballet lovers

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Welcome to the virtual stage

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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


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.


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 contains details of the casting of every performance.