The 100th anniversary celebrations of the Finnish National Ballet culminate in an unforgettable Centenary Gala at the end of May. The Gala will feature excerpts of the most memorable productions of the Finnish National Ballet and stellar visiting artists from around the world. The Centenary Gala is a one-off performance, so book your tickets early – they’ll sell out in no time!
The Finnish National Ballet debuted with Swan Lake in 1922
The ballet group of the Finnish Opera was established at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki in 1922, just over four years after Finland gained independence. The first performance on 17 January 1922 was Swan Lake, which the ballet master of the new group, George Gé, had discovered in St. Petersburg before the revolution. Finland had the privilege to see Swan Lake performed by a native ballet group before any other Western European country.
The Finnish National Opera embraced ballet permanently, building its international reputation on several tours after the two World Wars. The genre was introduced around Finland during ballet dancers’ summer tours in the 1950s. The group adopted the name Finnish National Ballet in the 1970s. Today it represents an equal half of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
A varied year of centenary celebrations
The centenary of the Finnish National Ballet is celebrated with a wide range of events. In addition to the Centenary Gala, the occasion is honoured with a brand new, magnificent production of Swan Lake, in the repertoire since January. February will see the premiere of Jorma Elo’s new ballet Sibelius. In May, the world premieres of three Finnish choreographers will be presented in Triple Bill: Made in Finland. The centenary celebrations will continue throughout the year at the Opera House, other venues, and online.
What can we get you?
Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.
The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.
Your 20% discount for Radisson Blu Hotels
Complete your experience by staying the night at a hotel. As a customer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you can enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki’s Radisson Blu Hotels at a special rate.
This treat-yourself-offer includes accommodation for two in the hotel of your choice in Helsinki, two glasses of sparkling wine upon arrival, and the hotel’s delicious Super Breakfast.
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