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Total duration 2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
27.9.2018 – 1.11.2018
Almi Hall and external venue
35-49 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

A comic opera about modern neuroses

This world premiere by Iiro Rantala and Minna Lindgren is a hilarious take on the questions tormenting today’s humanity: how do I lose weight? How do I find peace of mind? How can I handle social media? Surely you can get over a divorce in a week? How do I deal with this shame? Loaded with self-deception, quacks and addictions, Sanatorio Express offers unorthodox answers and cures to everyday problems.

Recommended for children over the age of 7.

Live stream on Tuesday 2 October

Rantala: Sanatorio Express; Markus Nykänen; Johanna Rusanen

Watch the live stream of Sanatorio Express on Tuesday 2 October. The live stream is produced by the Finnish Broadcasting company (Yle) in cooperation with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

Sure-fire entertainment

Maria Sid, photo Teemu Kuusimurto

Sanatorio Express, composed by Iiro Rantala and written by Minna Lindgren, is a side-splittingly funny opera about today’s neuroses and relationships. It is directed by Maria Sid, who has built a reputation for her direction of musicals.

The story of Sanatorio Express, which develops in the authentic spirit of 19th century comic opera, is accompanied by Rantala’s imaginative yet approachable music. Catchy melodies, a fascinating plot, and themes that are acutely familiar to us guarantee an entertaining opera experience for everyone. If you’ve never seen an opera before, Sanatorio Express is a great introduction to the genre. Opera aficionados, on the other hand, will be pleased to recognise a deep connection to the tradition of comic opera.

Sanatorio Express conquers Finland

Rantala: Sanatorio Express; Waltteri Torikka

After the world premiere at Almi Hall, Sanatorio Express embarks on a tour of Finland. The performances take place from October to November in Oulu, Kuopio and Turku.

Tue 9.10. Turku, Logomo at 7 pm
Wed 24.10. Oulun teatteri at 7 pm
Thu 25.10. Oulun teatteri at 1 pm
Thu 1.11. Kuopion Musiikkikeskus at 7 pm

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Rantala: Sanatorio Express; Päivi Nisula


A Soprano, on the very verge of divorce, arrives at the much-lauded sanatorium, hoping to shed her excess kilos over a weekend. Once at the clinic of the shameless Healer, Soprano finds herself falling in love with a Tenor who’s looking for peace of mind. The relationship rollercoaster truly gets going when Soprano’s husband turns up. Only the mouthy Receptionist can stop the ride by revealing a bundle of embarrassing secrets. In the end, every customer at the sanatorium discovers something new about themselves.

Rantala: Sanatorio Express; Hannu Niemelä; Waltteri Torikka; Anu Hostikka; Heikki Hattunen


Creative team

Iiro Rantala
Arttu Takalo
Minna Lindgren
Kalle Kuusava
Maria Sid
Sets, costumes
Anna Kontek
Lighting design, video design
Joonas Tikkanen


Lady 1
Anu Hostikka

Performances and tickets

2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
27.9.2018 – 1.11.2018
Almi Hall and external venue
35-49 €
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Thu 27.9.2018
at 18:30
Sat 29.9.2018
at 18:30
Mon 1.10.2018
at 18:30
Tue 2.10.2018
at 18:30
Tue 9.10.2018
at 19:00
Wed 24.10.2018
at 19:00
Thu 25.10.2018
at 13:00
Thu 1.11.2018
at 19:00

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