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.
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.
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.
Madeleine Onne has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet. The Board of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet made their final decision in a meeting held today, Tuesday October the 10th. The Board invited the personnel groups of the Opera and Ballet to share their views on the appointment, and their statements were unanimously positive. Onne will start her new position in August 2018.
In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice. The novel was awarded the Finlandia prize, Finland’s most prestigious literary award, in 2012.
Conductor Patrick Fournillier will start as the National Opera and Ballet’s Principal Guest Conductor in the coming season.
Gita Kadambi has been appointed as the General Director of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The Board made the final decision in their meeting today, on May the 18th. Kadambi will start in her new role in January 2018.