Who designed the Opera House?
The Opera House was designed by Hyvämäki–Karhunen–Parkkinen architects.
When was the Opera House completed?
The Opera House was completed in 1993.
How much room is there?
The Main Stage seats 1,350, while Almi Hall seats 200 to 500, depending on the configuration.
How long is the interval?
The interval is about 25 minutes long.
Is the interval included in the estimated total duration?
Yes, the interval is included in the estimated total duration.
How long is the performance?
The duration of a performance depends on the work being performed. Information on the duration of the performance may be found in the insert in the programme booklet. The duration is also given on the cast lists on display in the Aino Lobby near the main entrance (Mannerheimintie side) and the Alfons Lobby near the Töölönlahti entrance (Oopperankuja side). Front-of-house staff will help you find the information boards if you require assistance. The duration of each performance is also given for each production on the FNO website.
How do I find my seat?
You should enter the auditorium according to what it says on your ticket – left or right. The stalls are located on the same level as the Main Foyer. Access to the balcony is by lift or by stairs. Row numbers are at the ends of rows, and seat numbers are on the seats. Every ticket has a designated seat. You may look for your seat in the seating plan beforehand to find out where your seat is located in the Main Stage or Almi Hall. Seating plans are displayed at the Opera House and are also available on our website. Staff will be happy to help you find your seat.
Where do I go in the auditorium?
Row numbers are at the ends of rows, and seat numbers are on the seats.
Where are the toilets?
There are several restrooms in the Opera House: in the Alfons Lobby near Töölönlahti entrance, the Aino Lobby near main entrance (Mannerheimintie side) and Juha Corner in the Main Foyer. An accessible toilet is available in the Alfons Lobby near the Töölönlahti entrance.
Where is the lift?
The lift is in the Alfons Lobby on the Töölönlahti entrance. Access to the 1st and 2nd balconies is by lift.
How should I dress? Should I dress formally for a premiere?
The FNO is intended for everyone, and because of this there is no dress code. You are equally welcome whether you like to dress formally or in jeans and pullover.
Having said that, we should note that there is a tendency to dress more formally than normal: men often wear a jacket and tie or a suit, and women sometimes appear in full-length formal gowns. Premieres have a touch more glamour about them, and the dress sense of the audience tends to reflect this.
As we said, there is no dress code, but audiences seem to want to dress up just a bit when coming to the opera. It is up to you.
Can I go to the toilet if I need to?
We do not allow people to leave the auditorium in the middle of a performance, as we wish to guarantee an undisrupted performance for the audience and performers alike.
Why can I not get in if I am late?
We do not admit late arrivals, as we wish to guarantee an undisrupted performance for the audience and performers alike.