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Presenting the Finnish National Opera

Founded in 1911, the Finnish National Opera is the only professional opera company in Finland. The mission of the FNO is to perform both perennial classics and new works from home and abroad. There are some 100 opera performances every year, with about a dozen works in production at any given time. The performing season runs from August to June. Domestic tours, school opera projects, TV broadcasts and online streaming distribute the FNO’s performances all over Finland.

The Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera is Lilli Paasikivi, and Esa-Pekka Salonen is Artist in Association.

In the repertoire

Offstage: Lini Soini, the unsung hero


rehearsal room

Anna Kelo to direct the new Ring cycle at FNO

The new Finnish productions of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen will be staged at National Opera from 2019 to 2021. Anna Kelo has been selected to direct the epic sequence, which will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Gita Kadambi

Gita Kadambi appointed as the General Director of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Gita Kadambi has been appointed as the General Director of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The Board made the final decision in their meeting today, on May the 18th. Kadambi will start in her new role in January 2018.
Land of Kalevala

FNOB to partner with Kalevala Jewelry

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet has signed a partnership agreement with Kalevala Jewelry for the design of a necklace inspired by The Land of Kalevala production to be premiered in November 2017.
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Performers in the introduction

Oopperan harjoitukset


Kansallisoopperan kuoro




Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi

Artistic Director of the Opera


Pohjalaisia 1924 loppukohtaus

A century of grand emotions

The company that evolved into the FNO was established in 1911; the associated ballet company was established in 1922. Housed in the tiny Alexander Theatre, the Opera and Ballet lived through Finland’s independence struggle, shortages, wars, reconstruction and the emergence of the welfare society. Celebrated singers and dancers made guest appearances, and Finnish opera and ballet expertise was exported. The new Opera House was completed in 1993, after decades of waiting. The FNO has been the home of grand emotions for more than a century – on stage and sometimes offstage.

Opera & Ballet in numbers

Permanent employees
Tour localities
Children visitors

*numbers of year 2016