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Ihmepoika A, Riku Pelo

New school opera Ihmepoika A tours schools

Local performances of our school opera Ihmepoika A [Wonder Boy A] are created jointly by schoolchildren and opera professionals. The opera was written by Karri Miettinen, also known as the rap artist Paleface, with music by Timo Hietala. The director is Riikka Oksanen, and the visual designer is Anna Kontek. The production was premiered in Almi Hall on 7 Apr 2017, after which it goes on tour to as many as 80 schools around Finland from autumn 2017.

Ihmepoika A is the seventh school opera commissioned by the FNOB.

Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata visits Baltic Sea Festival

Höstsonaten; Anne Sofie von Otter

Baltic Sea Festival to showcase concert version of acclaimed opera

Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata is the meeting of a story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and the music of Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the most highly acclaimed Finnish composers of his generation. The opera, which drew sell-out audiences to the Finnish National Opera in the 2017–2018 season, will be performed as a concert version at the Baltic Sea Festival in Sweden next August.

Finnish National Ballet in Japan

The Finnish National Ballet was on tour in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan in April 2017, with six performances at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on 22–25 April and two performances in Osaka on 29–30 April. Nearly half of the members of the FNB were on the tour. The programme included a gala performance featuring extracts from the FNB’s foremost productions, such as Swan of Tuonela by Imre Eck to music by Sibelius and scenes from Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Ballet Pathétique by Jorma Uotinen. The gala culminated with a Moomin ballet, Moomin and the Magician’s Hat, specifically designed for the Japan tour, based on Tove Jansson’s book Trollkarlens hatt (Finn Family Moomintroll). This new work is choreographed by Kenneth Greve to music by Tuomas Kantelinen.

Finnair, a leading Nordic airline, was the Finnish National Ballet’s partner for the Japan tour. The tour forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

Muumipeikko ja Taikurin hattu_photo Saara Salmi

“We are proud to have been invited, as this is the FNOB’s first-ever visit to Japan. Only the best performing ensembles in the world are invited to Japan, and audiences there are ballet connoisseurs, so we are extremely honoured.”

– Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the National Ballet

Character: © Moomin Characters™

Pictures from the gala performance in Japan 2017

Join us on social media #FNBtour

Ooppera ja Baletti kiertueella

Our social media is always active when we are on tour. See videos behind the scenes and get to know our people by following #FNBtour @oopperabaletti

Snow Queen in Copenhagen

Lumikuningatar 2016

Finland’s centenary celebrated at the Royal Danish Theatre with premiere of The Snow Queen

The Finnish National Ballet visited Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2017, with four performances of the ballet The Snow Queen by Artistic Director Kenneth Greve at the Royal Danish Ballet between 27 and 29 January 2017. 

The visit by the FNB was one of the international top moments of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The Snow Queen has been a huge success in Helsinki, playing to sold-out houses, and it was only natural to take it to Copenhagen, since not only is it based on the story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, but Kenneth Greve is also Danish and a former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet.

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä

What an honor!

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited the premiere of The Snow Queen in Copenhagen.

The Snow Queen charmed Denmark

The Danish audience warmly welcomed the ballet. If you haven’t been able to see this smash hit ballet, you can watch it online in our Stage24.

The Snow Queen

“This was the Finnish National Ballet’s first visit in Copenhagen. We hope it was not the last.”

– CPH Culture

The Snow Queen

“A wonderful guest performance we would love to see again.”

So You Think You Can Muuv? workshops on tour

Dance workshop

Street dancing and ballet with professionals

So You Think You Can Muuv? is a series of high-energy workshops designed to inspire schoolchildren in 5th to 9th grades to dance and create choreographies of their own with professional dancers. Combining classical ballet and street dancing, this teamwork and performance workshop integrates dance seamlessly into the school day.

So You Think You Can Muuv? workshops are held in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and occasionally in other locations, too.

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national institution and an opera and ballet company of internationally high quality. The Finnish National Ballet programmes both classical ballets and contemporary dance works, with 3–4 premiere productions and 4–5 revivals in the main auditorium each year. The FNB gives some 80 performances per year and is the only full-scale professional ballet company in Finland. The FNB is an international company whose 76 dancers represent more than 20 nationalities. About half of the members are Finnish, most of them trained at the FNB Ballet School. The FNB also has a Youth Group for young dancers.

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