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The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national art institution, offering opera and ballet performances and other events to audiences of all ages. Guest performances, school operas, TV broadcasts and streaming bring the FNOB to everyone all over the country and even the globe.

In terms of personnel, the FNOB is a medium-sized opera and ballet company. There are about 530 permanent employees. The Orchestra has 111 members, the Chorus has 50 singers, and the Ballet has 78 dancers. Finnish and foreign guest performers appear alongside the FNOB’s own soloists. The FNOB also employs experts from a wide range of crafts specialities, from shoemakers to metalworkers.

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 auditorium seats more than 1,300, and there is a studio stage too. The foyers are also used for small-scale performances and free public events.

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Tue tulevaisuuden toivoja. Ryhdy taidemesenaatiksi ja tee lahjoitus Oopperalle ja Baletille.

Finnish National Opera and Ballet to commence public fundraising

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet have initiated their first ever public fundraising campaign. The theme of the campaign is Support future talents. In August, the newly established Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Fund will take centre stage.
Giselle

Edvard Fazer Prize Awarded to Étoile Dancer Eun-Ji Ha

The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Edvard Fazer Prize has been awarded to danseuse étoile Eun-Ji Ha of the Finnish National Ballet. Ha received the cup and accompanying cheque for EUR 10,000 during the première of Giselle on the stage of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet on Friday 23 February 2018.
Don Quijote

Evli Bank and Finnish National Opera and Ballet to start co-operation

Evli Bank, which specialises in investments, started co-operation with the National Opera and Ballet at the beginning of 2018. The values shared by the two include the highest level of professionalism, as well as premium quality, Finnish origin, and strong international networks. Extraordinary experiences that can be offered to Evli’s customers, personnel and other stakeholders are central to this partnership. At the same time, Evli is proud to support Finnish culture, creativity and expertise.
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FNOB personnel

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is an employer on a significant scale: opera and ballet can only be created through the combined efforts of a great number of people. The FNOB has 550 permanent employees: 111 orchestra members, 49 chorus members, 8 soloists, 78 ballet dancers, 59 employees in other artistic duties and production, 189 employees in technical duties and workshops, 9 in Ballet School and 47 administrators. FNOB personnel are an international crowd, with 36 different nationalities. In addition to permanent personnel, the FNOB has some 900 guest employees in various fields each year.

Pohjalaisia 1924 loppukohtaus

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.

The Opera Platform

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.

Carmen

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.