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Total duration 2 h 45 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
11 performances
15.1.2022 – 25.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €

The greatest feat of dance

Swan Lake is the world’s most famous ballet, which combined Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music with a visual world of iconic beauty. It also has a long history at the Finnish National Ballet, where it was performed as its first production a hundred years ago.

David McAllister’s new choreography, made specifically for the Finnish audience, honours the ballet’s long-standing traditions. Swan Lake deservedly opens the Finnish National Ballet’s centenary celebrations in 2022.

Recommended for children over the age of 7. 

Tickets & Performances

2 h 45 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
11 performances
15.1.2022 – 25.5.2022
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Sat 15.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 78.00 €
Fri 21.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Sat 22.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Wed 26.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Thu 27.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Sat 29.1.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Fri 4.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Tue 8.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 69.00 €
Thu 12.5.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Mon 23.5.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 29.00 €
Wed 25.5.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 49.00 €

The comeback of the legendary ballet will take even the most seasoned ballet visitors’ breath away.

If you have never watched ballet before, do not miss Swan Lake.

Towards the premiere

#SwanLake #FNBSwanLake

“It’s a great honour to be able to create Swan Lake, which is a tribute to the company’s centennial history. This is why I want this to be specifically a Finnish version, in which Finns can take pride – a ballet that pays homage to the first hundred years of the Finnish National Ballet.”

– David McAllister, choreographer

The new Swan Lake shines with Nordic light.

Costume sketches for the ballet

Listen to the Swan Lake

Creative team

Choreography
David McAllister
Music
Pjotr Tšaikovski
Sets, costumes
Gabriela Týlešová
Lighting design
Kalle Ropponen

Synopsis

The much-feared sorcerer Rothbart captures princess Odette of a distant land and turns her into a swan.

Prince Siegfried is preparing for his birthday celebration, which is to double as a coronation. He will take reign of the kingdom from his mother, a cold-hearted widow queen. The Chamberlin has been a father figure to him ever since the king’s death. The queen has invited four princesses to meet Siegfried for him to find a bride. Siegfried is disinterested and anguished, so he leaves to hunt by the lake with his friends. As he arrives at the lake, the prince sees a flock of swans and Odette, transformed into a beautiful princess. Odette tells him about Rothbart’s spell until the sorcerer draws her away. Odette protects the swan maidens from the prince’s hunter friends, and Siegfried stops them from shooting at the swans. Odette and Siegfried dance a duet, which cements their love. As dawn breaks, Odette tells Siegfried that she can only remain a princess if someone breaks the spell by swearing eternal love to her through marriage. Rothbart interrupts the scene and the swan maidens turn back into swans. Led by Odette, they fly away.

Back at the palace, the princesses each present a dance from their native country to entice the prince. Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile, whom Siegfried mistakes as Odette. As they dance, Odette tries to get his attention, but the prince is entranced by Odile. Only when the prince has professed to marry Odile does Rothbart reveal the begging, crying Odette. In shock, Siegfried rushes out to find Odette.

Odette tells the swans that Rothbart has once again succeeded in stopping the curse from being lifted. Siegfried arrives in search of Odette. Rothbart sees that he is armed and escapes. Odette forgives Siegfried, but Rothbart returns. Just as Siegfried attempts to kill Rothbart, Odette runs to stop him and is hit by his arrow. The desperate Siegfried is wracked with guilt: is this how their love story ends?

The full synopsis and other background information in the programme leaflet.

All three Tchaikovskys in one season

Sleeping Beauty
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Finnish National Ballet celebrates its centenary in 2022. The production is part of the centenary programme of events.

Complete the experience with refreshments

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. Refreshment sales for performances in autumn 2021 will start in August. 

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.

Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

Yet another reason to love your season ticket

A season ticket is for true opera and ballet fans. The season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2021–22 season.  You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and eleven more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. Season ticket packages for season 2021–22 on sale 5 May at noon.  

Stay and enjoy

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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