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Experience the dual nature of the mind

Dazzling beauty and exhilarating entertainment – combined with powerful drama and tantalising tales. That’s season 2020–2021 at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. 

Browse the repertoire and pick your favourites. 

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Performances cancelled until 31 January 2021

We have had to cancel our performances of the Nutcracker until 6 February and a performance of Die Walküre 29 January 2021. 

We are looking into a replacement date for the premiere of Die Walküre 29 January and will announce any news as soon as possible.
We will contact customers who have bought tickets and/or refreshments for the cancelled performances.

Opera & Ballet repertoire in spring 2021

Saariaho - Vestergård - Hilli

Musica nova Helsinki: Between

3.2.2021 – 6.2.2021

An opera of silence and untamed forces

Works from Kaija Saariaho, Sebastian Hilli and Matias Vestergård come together to create a poignant world premiere, an opera of silence and untamed forces. Idea and action, mind and body, music and theatre – unexpected and dizzying spaces unravel at the nameless crossroads of these dualities

David McAllister – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake

26.2.2021 – 27.5.2021

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. Now, the Finnish National Ballet will present a brand-new version by David MacAllister, which has been adapted for a Finnish audience yet stays true to the original.

Tero Saarinen – Claudio Monteverdi

Tero Saarinen Company: Third Practice

2.3.2021 – 6.3.2021

An ambitious union of dance and music

Finland’s finest conjure a gripping fusion of classic and contemporary. World-renowned choreographer Tero Saarinen’s latest brings new dimensions to opera pioneer Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary music.

Tero Saarinen Company: Third Practice
Giacomo Puccini

Madama Butterfly

6.3.2021 – 25.3.2021

The saddest song is sung by a broken heart

Accompanied by the delicate scent of cherry blossoms, Madama Butterfly brings spring to the city. One of Giacomo Puccini’s most moving operas will be seen as a version inspired by authentic Japanese tradition. The opera, which echoes with longing and tears, provides an ideal first experience of the genre.

Madama Butterfly; Hiromi Omura
Mascagni – Leoncavallo

Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci

26.3.2021 – 8.5.2021

The most famous double act in the history of opera

When first presented, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci laid the foundations for the rise of verismo, realism in opera. Damiano Michieletto’s keen direction combines these two opera classics in an ingenious way.

Cavalleria rusticana & Pajatso
Justin Peck – Fei Bo – Akram Khan

Triple Bill: World Wide Dance

23.4.2021 – 15.5.2021

Three dance works in one evening

The Triple Bill takes you on a trip around the world. It’s an evening of captivating contemporary dance choreographies by three of today’s most talked about choreographers.

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