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Performances cancelled until 31 March 2021

Ticket sales for spring are on hold

All the performances at FNOB until 31/03 are cancelled. Our ticket sales for this spring are on hold due to the volatile situation of the remainder of the season.
The performances of Swan Lake and of Cavalleria rusticana & I Pagliacci have been postponed to the 2021–2022 season. RING returns in August 2022.
We will contact customers who have bought tickets and/or refreshments for the cancelled performances.

A tale that makes you lose track of time

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), also called the Ring cycle, is an opera tetralogy composed by Richard Wagner. Ever since this extraordinary work saw its world premiere in Bayreuth in 1876, it’s been counted among the greatest artistic achievements of Western culture. Not only has it reached cult status with its passionate fan base, it also continues to fascinate new audiences. The Ring takes you on a journey; rather than just telling you about fascinating places, it draws you right into the action.

Der Ring des Nibelungen will be staged in a new production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Anna Kelo. Creative team also includes Mikki Kunttu, responsible for visual design from lighting to video and set design, as well as Costume Designer Erika Turunen. Two operas of the Ring cycle will be produced each year. Das Rheingold, scheduled for autumn 2019 will be followed by Die Walküre and Siegfried in spring 2020 and Götterdämmerung in the season 2021-2022.

A truly transformational work of art

Wagner’s decision to write the Ring cycle transformed both opera arts and the composer’s life. He dedicated himself to the Ring  for 26 years with unforeseen ardor. Besides writing the most extensive work of opera in history, he ensured the building of a new venue for the performances and secured the financing for a project of an unprecedented scale.


”The staging must match the grandeur of Wagner’s music. Traditionally, the Ring is a story about love, revenge, power and greed. Behind this epic narrative, however, there are even greater themes: questions and answers about mythology, faith and consciousness. I want my direction to be as layered as the music.”


Das Rheingold – A journey to another realm begins


Part 1 of the Ring saga introduces the central characters and themes, which are developed further as the story continues. According to Wagner, Rheingold was “the preliminary evening of a stage festival play”. Alberich steals the gold guarded by the Rheinmaidens from the river Rhein. He renounces love and forges the gold into a ring, which will give its bearer unlimited power. Wotan, the ruler of the gods, however, also longs for absolute power.

PERFORMANCES 30.8.–18.9.2019

Die Walküre – An opera about the beginning of heroism


Wotan is making Valhalla stronger, fathering Valkyrie daughters who gather the greatest war heroes to protect Valhalla. In a battle against the ruthless Hunding, Wotan swears an oath that he will sacrifice his son Sigmund to safeguard the order of the gods. The growing passion between Sigmund and Sieglinde tempers the chaos of conflict and war with nuances of great love. The story of the lovers gives rise to Siegfried, Part III of the Ring cycle.

PREMIERE 29.1.2021

Siegfried - A hero’s tale of mythical proportions


Siegfried, born from sibling love, feels no fear. He fights to win back the ring forged from the Rheingold, standing in the way of Wotan, the lord of the gods. The mythical Siegfried is all-powerful: he forges an unbeatable sword, slays a dragon, understands birdsong, and wakes a sleeping beauty with a kiss. Siegfried is the third part of the epic saga.

PERFORMANCES 14.5.-1.6.2021


Coming in season 2021–22

Creative Team


Anna Kelo

At the Finnish National Opera, Anna Kelo has worked first as an Assistant Director since 1994 and as the Chief Assistant Director since 1998. Kelo has previously directed for example Ice (2019) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (2014) to the Finnish National Opera. In 2016–2017 Kelo supervised the stage direction of Götz Friedrich’s Ring tetralogy for the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Kelo graduated as a Musical Theatre Director from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in 1992.

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Salonen is known as both a composer and conductor and is currently the Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. In 2016 The Finnish National Opera and Ballet appointed Salonen as Artist in Association for five years. Salonen co-founded the annual Baltic Sea festival, serving as Artistic Director from 2003 to 2018.

Mikki Kunttu

Kunttu has designed the lighting and visuals for a wide variety of dance, theatre and opera productions. He has worked with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, the Norwegian National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Opéra de Lyon and Malmö Opera. Kunttu has collaborated with, for instance, Tero Saarinen, Jorma Uotinen, Carolyn Carlson, Jiri Kylian, Akram Khan, Kenneth Greve, Andonis Foniadakis and Jorma Elo. Kunttu has also created lighting design and visuals for several Finnish television productions. For the Eurovision Song Contest, he has been in charge of lighting and digital screen content in Helsinki in 2007, and digital screen content in Malmö in 2013 and Stockholm in 2016.


Erika Turunen

Turunen was the Head of the Costume Department at the Finnish National Opera from 1995 to 2009. She has designed costumes for works such as the Snow Queen (2012), The Little Mermaid (2015) and Land of Kalevala (2017). She has also designed costumes for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, Royal Danish Ballet, Grand Théâtre de Genève and  the Operas of Malmö and Gothenburg. The costumes of Turunen are said to be art in themselves, poetic and sculpture-like.