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Total duration 2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
16.9.2016 – 1.10.2016
Main Stage
15-129 €
Performed in Finnish, German, French and Italian

A spectacular show for the whole family

Opera is all about virtuosos and dazzling performances, and circus is all about stories and emotions. Now, these two art forms born of grand passion meet. The Opera House becomes a circus as international stars of music and acrobatics come together to produce a wholly new kind of experience. And since this is opera, there is of course a romantic story about seeking and finding love.

Opera hit parade

CircOpera presents a veritable hit parade of opera numbers suitable for both first-time visitors and hardcore opera fans, including the following:

‘Au fond du temple saint’, duet from the opera Les pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet

‘Flight of the bumble-bee’ from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

‘Largo al factotum’, aria from the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini

March from the opera The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev

Meditation from the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet

‘Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben’, aria from the opera Zaide by W.A. Mozart

‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

…and favourites by Bellini, Handel, Rossini, Shostakovich, J. Strauss and Verdi



Ladies, gentlemen and little ones! See the world’s strongest man and hear the world’s largest circus orchestra! Experience hair-raising choral sound and an acrobat hanging by the hair! You will not see this anywhere else! Eight performances only!

5 + 1 reasons to come see the show

1. Two wonderful experiences for the price of one

When was the last time you went to the opera? How about the circus? Come see this show and you will get both at once!

2. The Opera House is a unique venue for circus acts

The high stage tower has ample space for dazzling numbers by circus performers.

3. The power of a large orchestra and chorus

At CircOpera, you will witness breathtaking circus acts to the music of a full-size opera orchestra – chills down the spine guaranteed all around!

4. A quick introduction to opera music

CircOpera provides a crash course in the greatest opera hits in a single performance – an excellent way to introduce yourself to the genre!

5. The world of the circus on stage

CircOpera brings together not only classic circus acts but also a handsome selection of contemporary circus. After this show, you will know what hair acrobatics is and how the Wheel of Death works.

+ CircOpera is a marriage of circus and opera such as has never been seen before. It is unique. Have you already bought your ticket?

CircOpera pallot

“It is a night of surprises. In CircOpera, we offer laughter, smiles, excitement and danger.”

– Jere Erkkilä, director


An exhilarating and captivating show particularly suitable for families with children

Creative team

Jere Erkkilä
Circus choreography
Sanna Silvennoinen
Ballet choreography
Ville Valkonen
Visual design
Mark Väisänen
Lighting design, video design
Kimmo Ruskela



Ballet Finland

Ville Valkonen (ballet choreography)
Tuomas Hyvönen
Koichi Kamino
Inka Hulkko
Yuko Valkonen
Chigusa Fujiyoshi

Hanna Korjus

Performances & Tickets

2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
16.9.2016 – 1.10.2016
Main Stage
15-129 €
Performed in Finnish, German, French and Italian
Fri 16.9.2016
at 19:00
Tue 20.9.2016
at 19:00
Thu 22.9.2016
at 19:00
Sat 24.9.2016
at 14:00
Sat 24.9.2016
at 19:00
Wed 28.9.2016
at 19:00
Fri 30.9.2016
at 19:00
Sat 1.10.2016
at 19:00

Order refreshments here

Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury for the season

See what you like: choose your favourites on this season’s rich menu.

Book your refreshments beforehand online or at the Opera Restaurant sales desk; you will have a much wider range to choose from, and you will not have to queue in the interval. Download the seating plan of the Opera Restaurant (PDF).

Opera Restaurant sales desk
Tel. +358 9 4030 2377 on weekdays 09.00–11.00 and 12.00–16.00
Service desk beside the box office in the Opera House foyer on the Töölönlahti side open from Tuesday to Friday 12.00–16.00