The new online service of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, oopperabaletti.fi, is now open. The principal new feature in this content-rich website is the virtual stage, Stage24, where visitors can watch entire performances and videos from behind the scenes.
“We want to reach out to and delight an ever larger audience, in Finland and abroad. Now that we have Stage24, viewers can see our performances at any time they like,” says General Director Päivi Kärkkäinen.
The streaming system has six robot cameras that capture performances on the main stage. These are posted online as live streams or recordings. Stage24 contains not only entire performances but also background material and mood shots from rehearsals and behind the scenes. All the material is available for free.
Joint broadcasts with Helsingin Sanomat and YLE
With the introduction of the streaming system, the FNO is entering into closer cooperation with Helsingin Sanomat and YLE.
HSTV is a new partner for the FNO: as of this spring, entire performances and related programming will be shown on the HSTV channel. The first such broadcast will be the public briefing on the opera Indigo tomorrow, Thursday 20 January 2016 at 17.30. The new opera created by members of the Apocalyptica heavy metal band will be discussed at Sanomatalo by composer Perttu Kivilaakso, director Vilppu Kiljunen, conductor Jaakko Kuusisto and soprano Mari Palo. The Helsingin Sanomat newspaper is the headline sponsor of the FNO.
A full performance of Indigo will be broadcast online and on TV; YLE will broadcast it on Yle Teema on 30 January 2016 and also make it available at Yle Areena online. The second new production of the FNO this spring, The Rake’s Progress, will be broadcast on Yle Radio 1 and posted at Yle Areena on 9 April 2016. The sold-out ballet The Little Mermaid will be posted at Yle Areena on 22 April 2016.
All of the above broadcasts will also be available in Stage24 at oopperabaletti.fi.
The oopperabaletti.fi website was produced by digital strategist Sami Lanu, designer Sami Korjus, AD Anu Lehto and technical partner Byroo together with the FNO. The streaming system was provided by Mediatec.