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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 Stage 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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News

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Tradeka supports the streaming of Teatime Dances

Tradeka and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet will continue their collaboration. Tradeka supports the live streaming of the Opera Teatime Dances during season 2018–2019. 
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‘Memories of the Future’ immersive art competition winner is Echo

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s international open call for concepts for an immersive, interactive art piece has now officially concluded. Out of 195 applications, 8 teams were shortlisted to take part in the Finals at the First Session Conference (30th to 31st May) in Helsinki, Finland. The winning team’s working title for the art piece is Echo, and it will be premiered by 2020.
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Hannu Lintu appointed as Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Hannu Lintu has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Lintu will start in his new role in January 2022.
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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.

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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.