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Opera and ballet for schoolchildren and young people

Opera and ballet are much more than just main stage performances. We provide school-age children and young people a variety of opportunities to get to know our art. Dress rehearsals and the Art Testers campaign for young people offer experiences from the audience perspective, school operas are staged together with professionals, and art workshops get schoolchildren and young people moving.

Even though the primary aim of our activities for schools is to offer art experiences, they also help pupils learn to co-operate creatively. Teachers and supervisors, meanwhile, discover new ways of working and possibilities for multidisciplinary teaching within the curriculum.

These pages showcase the different ways schools can explore the worlds of opera and ballet at the FNOB. We would love for you to get involved!

Our activities for schools

Enrolment for Ballet energy for boys and So You Think You Can Muuv? -workshops in spring 2020 opens on 12.11. at 9 AM.

So You THink You Can Muuv

So You Think You Can Muuv?

Ihmepoika A to your school?

Ihmepoika A

Opera with professionals

The school opera Ihmepoika A (Wonder Boy A) is a production created jointly by pupils in lower-level comprehensive school and opera professionals. The lyrics are written by rap artist Karri Miettinen, aka Paleface, and music by Timo Hietala.

The opera premiered in Almi Hall on 7 April 2017, and productions will be created at schools around Finland again from spring 2020.  Ihmepoika A is the seventh school opera project commissioned by the FNOB.

From spring 2020, the students can participate in projects all around Finland.

Concessions for schoolchildren

CircOpera

Special priced tickets

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet offers groups of schoolchildren affordable tickets to opera and ballet performances at 30 € per pupil/student. This price also applies to one adult supervisor per each 10–15 schoolchildren. Please quote the code ‘school group’ when booking. Tickets may be booked at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet group sales, tel. (09) 4030 2210.

Limited seats are available for school groups.

Special priced tickets in autumn 2019

Triple Bill Wed 2 Oct and Tue 8 Oct at 7 pm. Please note that performance is recommended for children over the age of 7.

Die tote Stadt Wed 9 Oct and Wed 16 Oct at 7 pm. Please note that performance is recommended for children over the age of 9.

CircOpera Wed 6 Nov and Thu 14 Nov 27 at 7 pm. Please note that performance is recommended for children over the age of 5.

Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata Wed 27 Nov and Tue 10 Dec 7 pm. Please note that performance is recommended for children over the age of 12.

Classroom inspiration

Explore our virtual stage Stage24 and Offstage articles for classroom inspiration.

An art day for teachers

Taiteen teemapäivä opettajille

Discover multidisciplinary teaching

Our art day for teachers is a window into the worlds of opera and ballet. Workshops focused on different subjects provide a deep dive into the evening’s performance. The aim is to help teachers and supervisors discover new ways of working and possibilities for harmonising and multidisciplinary teaching. The art day culminates in watching the evening’s performance. The theme of the day varies by season.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be glad to hear your ideas and collaboration suggestions.

Audience Outreach and Social Responsibility Manager Lauri Pokkinen (09) 4030 2214
Head of Education Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva (09) 4030 2516
Production Assistant Malla Vanhanen (09) 4030 2330
Production Coordinator Sonja Lipponen 050 430 8093

firstname.lastname[at]opera.fi

Audience Outreach
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Helsinginkatu 58 (PL 176)
00251 Helsinki
Finland