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A moment before the premiere

A lot of work goes into a production before it’s finally presented to the audience. The culmination of the rehearsal period is when the rehearsals move from the rehearsal room to the stage. The last rehearsals before the opening night are called Dress Rehearsals.

We provide schools and other special groups the opportunity to visit our Dress Rehearsals as a test audience. The test audience adds an element of excitement, which gives the performers a taste of the real performance atmosphere.

Advance enrolment is always necessary for the Dress Rehearsals.

Enrolment to 2021–2022 Dress Rehearsals

Seats for our open main rehearsals are allocated in order of enrolment, with priority given to first-time visitors. In autumn 2021, the maximum group size is two school classes or 30 people due to restricted audience numbers. Please note that bookings are only accepted via the application form on our Finnish site  and according to the schedule given below. Please see the enrolment instructions.

Groups who have applied for seats will receive confirmation of successful enrolment within two to three weeks. Some dress rehearsals also include production-specific workshops. These will be announced separately to those who have successfully enrolled in the rehearsal in question. Please note that the current schedule may change.

Open dress rehearsals in the 2021-2022 season at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Enrolment in dress rehearsals in the autumn starts on 18 August 2021:

Wed 29 September at 11:30 a.m. Spartacus (duration 2 H 30 MIN, 2 intervals) Recommended for people over 12 years of age.

Mon 22 November at 11:30 a.m. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (duration 2 H 20 MIN, 1 interval)
ONLY for primary schools (grades 1 to 5)

Tue 23 November at 11:30 a.m. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (duration 2 H 20 MIN, 1 interval)
ONLY for primary schools (grades 1 to 5)

Wed 8 December at 11 a.m. La Traviata (duration 2 H 35 MIN, 1 interval) Recommended for people over 9 years of age.

Enrolment in the first dress rehearsals of spring 2022 will start later this year.

The open dress rehearsals in spring 2022 will be announced in the autumn.

Enrolment instructions

We are delighted by the high level of interest groups have taken in our open Dress Rehearsals. To make it possible for as many groups as possible to attend, it is important to answer all the following questions on the enrolment form:

  • Has the group previously attended a Dress Rehearsal? If so, when?
  • Group contact details (name of group/school/year)
  • Group size (adults and children separately, max. 2 school classes or approx. 30 people)
  • Group contact person, phone number, email address and postcode
  • Reason why this group should be chosen to attend the rehearsal
  • Any special information and needs (such as the need for wheelchair spaces)

Unfortunately, we are unable to process incomplete enrolment forms or accept enrolment via email. As it takes a few weeks to process the forms, there is a slight delay in confirming seats.