Assistant to Artistic Director of the Opera Maria Westö,
tel. (09) 4030 2248
Every year, dozens of Finnish and foreign singers perform at the Finnish National Opera. Some are employees on a monthly salary, while others are engaged separately for a specific production. Currently, the FNO employs 53 tenured opera singers, who perform either as soloists or in a mixture of soloist and choir roles depending on the season and production. In addition to this, dozens of visiting soloists are appointed for every production in each season. Information about soloists’ past performances can be found in our Encore performance database.
The majority of the Finnish National Opera’s tenured opera singers are part of the Chorus of the FNO, which is the only full-time professional choir in Finland. It has been an organised professional choir since 1945. The size and composition of the choir varies in each production. For productions requiring a larger chorus, additional singers from the FNO’s extra chorus join the ensemble. The FNO also has a children’s choir of approximately 50 singers. The chorus masters of the FNO are Marge Mehilane and Marco Ozbič.