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The canon of opera divas from Aida to Salome will soon be shaken up by an extraordinary new diva

The Finnish National Opera’s Laila invites the audience to shape her reality and the world of the future together with artificial intelligence. She challenges us to encounter our hopes, fears and anxieties related to technology and the unknown tomorrow.

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The new, interactive work created by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paula Vesala, Tuomas Norvio and the Ekho Collective for the Finnish National Opera rejects the traditional roles of performing arts, as its music and visuality evolve and change in interaction with the audience. In Laila, you are not the audience, but one of many actors shaping reality. Laila is a unique experience, which is different every time.

The work’s sound is a recorded interpretation by the opera singers and orchestra musicians of the Finnish National Opera. 


Krista Kujala, Sanna Iljin, Helianna Herkkola


Anna Erokhina, Raisa Vaarna, Ida Wallén


Halim Shon, Joonas Eloranta, Jere Martikainen


Arto Hosio, Andrus Mitt, Robert McLoud, Jyrki Korhonen


Uolevi Högström, Jukka Koski, Virva Kuusi, Mauri Myllys, Heikki Parviainen, Keijo Puumalainen

Opera Beyond x Nokia Bell Labs

Laila is a production of the Opera Beyond ecosystem, which collides arts with emerging technologies. In connection with Laila, the audience will experience a new interactive installation Common Domain by media artist Kalle Rasinkangas, created in collaboration with Opera Beyond and Nokia Bell Labs.

The collaboration is part of the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Arts and Technology programme, in which artists, engineers and researchers explore new opportunities for humans to interact and connect. Kalle Rasinkangas works within a community of top tier researchers, while making the most of Nokia Bell Labs’ advanced technology.