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Total duration 30 min
no intermission
With children
Balcony Foyer
10 €
Performed in Finnish
No surtitles
Mini Opera: Carmen: Sampo Haapaniemi; Saara Kiiveri

The world’s favourite opera in 30 minutes

Carmen’s enthusiasm for dancing flamenco infuriates her neighbours. Tired of the constant clacking, they have called Don José, a policeman. The singing of the beautiful Carmen pulls Don José to the flamenco club, though Micaëla has made delicious macaroni and cheese at home. Unfortunately, Carmen doesn’t care about Don José, as he’s left in the shadow of the handsome flamenco guitarist Escamillo. Buenos días indeed – how will it all end?

In this mini opera, two singers and two musicians tell the story of Carmen in just half an hour. Children and adults alike will love the catching melodies and fiery Spanish rhythms of this ever popular opera.


Mini Opera: Carmen: Martta Jämsä; Taavi Kiviranta; Sampo Haapaniemi; Saara Kiiveri

Join in

The audience is invited to join in: everyone is doing a lot of things in these productions, with soloists in multiple roles, and the musicians are not always what they seem.

Mini Opera for daycare groups

As part of our co-operation with the municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, we offer local daycare groups the chance to participate in our Mini Opera free of charge. For daycare groups from outside the area there are some free places too. Please enrol for the performances in advance. Participants are selected in order of enrolment, but first-timers are prioritised.

Enrolment for Mini Opera: Carmen for daycare groups in autumn 2019 is closed. 

Performances in autumn 2019:

Mon 2 Sep
Tue 3 Sep
Mon 30 Sep
Tue 1 Oct
Mon 11 Nov
Tue 12 Nov
Mon 2 Dec
Tue 3 Dec

The performances will take place at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM

For more information, please email us at


Creative team

Libretto edited from the original opera, translations, arrangements, director
Juhani Koivisto

Sets and costumes
Anna Kontek

On stage

Saara Kiiveri / Johanna Isokoski

Sampo Haapaniemi / Tiitus Ylipää

Martta Jämsä / Jancintha Damström

Taavi Kiviranta

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