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Changes to the spring repertoire – performances in February cancelled

In this article you will find updated information about the effects of the coronavirus at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (updated 13.1.2022)

The ongoing coronavirus situation and restrictions have a significant effect on the operations of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. We are cancelling all our performances and other events until the end of February.

The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale and The Seven Brothers are removed from the repertoire completely. New performance dates will be set for Swan Lake as well as the opera Billy Budd and the ballet Sibelius, which were scheduled for February.

The premiere of Swan Lake will go ahead as a television and online broadcast. It will be live streamed on Yle Teema, Yle Areena, and our own Stage24 virtual stage without an audience at the Opera House on Saturday 29 January at 2 p.m. Salome, Triple Bill: Made in Finland, Total Karita and Finnish National Ballet’s Centenary Gala as well as Sibelius from March to May and Swan Lake in May will be performed as planned.

This decision has been made to safeguard the premieres of our spring repertoire. We apologise for the disappointment this is bound to cause.

We sincerely hope that, from March onwards, we can welcome you to our opera and ballet performances again. The new performance dates will be announced as soon as possible.

We will be personally in touch with customers who have bought tickets and/or refreshments for the cancelled performances.


If you have tickets and/or refreshment orders related to the cancelled performances, we will credit the value of your purchases to your customer account for later use. We have continued the validity of the credit on your customer account until spring 2023. You can also use the credit for tickets and refreshments for the 2022-2023 season, or for gift vouchers and season tickets. The easiest way to do so is to go to our online store. Log onto your customer account.

If a performance is cancelled by the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you may also request to have your refund paid into your bank account. Please click here to complete a form. Another alternative is to request that we credit the value of your purchases to the payment method you used in the online store. To allow us to do so, send us an e-mail to: Refund requests must be made within one month of the cancellation.

A safe return to the Opera and Ballet

We are taking the safety recommendations to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic extremely seriously. Here you will find all the latest information for staying safe at the Opera House.

Please stay home if you have symptoms. You can cancel your tickets and refreshments as late as 7 hours before the performance starts. Their value will be credited to your customer account and the credit on your account will remain valid for performances in season 2022-2023. Read more about sales and delivery terms and conditions.

How to cancel your tickets and refreshments online:

  1. Sign in to your customer account here.
  2. Go to Upcoming Events
  3. Select the performance you want to cancel and click the Cancel button beneath the performance details.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Remember to also cancel any refreshments you’ve ordered for the performance.
  6. The value of your purchase will be instantly returned to your customer account as credit. The credit on your account will remain valid for performances in season 20222023.