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Embrace beauty

Beauty, longing, seduction, fast-paced fairy tales and an epic story of heroism: that’s this spring at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in a nutshell.

Take a break from the rush and routines of the everyday. Let yourself be seduced by music and dance, which take you to another world.

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Natalia Makarova – Ludvig Minkus

La Bayadère

18.1.2020 – 7.2.2020

A divinely beautiful love story

”La Bayadere is a true classic that has it all: beautiful music by Minkus, fantastic costumes and sets, the quintessential white tutus of classical ballet and, of course, lots and lots of incredible dancing. If you love Swan Lake, La Bayadere is for you.”

- Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of the Ballet

Richard Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos

24.1.2020 – 15.2.2020

”A stage version of Ariadne auf Naxos will be seen for the first time at the current premises of the FNO. Director Katie Mitchell’s production is an excellent example of modern European regietheater. One of the season’s highlights will be the interpretation of the role of Ariadne by Miina-Liisa Värelä, whose rise to European opera fame has been astronomical.”

- Lilli Paasikivi, Artistic Director of the Opera

Ariadne auf Naxos
Liam Scarlett – Georges Bizet


21.2.2020 – 14.3.2020

The classic story as a fiery ballet

Carmen is one of the world’s favourite operas, but how will it look on the ballet stage? British Liam Scarlett has created a touching and dramatic classical ballet, which drew full houses in the Norwegian National Ballet after its world premiere in 2015.

Carmen ballet
W. A. Mozart

Don Giovanni

6.3.2020 – 2.4.2020

Who could resist the temptations of this seductive opera?

W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is one of the world’s most masterful operas. The timelessly resonant music and the salacious themes come together in a new interpretation directed by Jussi Nikkilä, a well-known figure from the Finnish theatre scene. The end result brims with carnivalistic joy, lust and comedy.

Don Giovanni
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

18.3.2020 – 24.4.2020

An opera of great yearning

”Marelli has directed a tremendously beautiful interpretation of Pushkin’s tale of Russian aristocracy. The name role of Eugene Onegin is performed by the magnificent young baritone Boris Pinkhasovich, already the favourite of great opera companies.”

- Lilli Paasikivi, Artistic Director of the Opera

Eugene Onegin; Elena Stikhina
Jorma Elo – Joseph Haydn, G. F. Händel, Gottfried Stölzel

Alice in Wonderland

23.8.2019 – 28.5.2020

Fall into a fairy-tale world

”Everyone knows Alice in Wonderland. Now, Finland’s own world famous choreographer Jorma Elo has made Alice into a ballet. This wonderful performance, with the characters from the book dancing throughout the performance, is truly an experience for the whole family.”

- Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of the Ballet

Alice in Wonderland

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The epic saga begins

The crown jewel of season 2019–2020 is the Finnish version of Richard Wagner’s monumental achievement, the four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs). This season will comprise the first two parts of the tetralogy, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

Read more about the Ring cycle

Watch Das Rheingold on Stage24