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Pre-performance talks

Pre-performance talks present the background of the performance scheduled for the evening. The talks take place in Finnish and attendance is open to everyone.

 

Pelléas and Mélisande

Mélisande is a maiden discovered wandering in the forest. She finds a mysterious castle, where she tragically falls in love with the young Pelléas. Debussy's dreamlike symbolist opera is here given an enchantingly beautiful setting.

 

Richard Strauss 150th anniversary

Richard Strauss established himself as the leading opera composer of his day with Salome and Der Rosenkavalier. His sparkling orchestration and lovely melodies continue to enchant opera audiences.

 

The Snow Queen

Kenneth Greve's ballet for the whole family is based on the tale by H.C. Andersen from 1845. The Music was composed by Tuomas Kantelinen.

 

Requiem

Overwhelming emotion, profound music and achingly beautiful melodies combine to produce one of the most impressive works of sacred music ever written. The colossal Requiem has with reason been described as Verdi's best opera.

 

Opera Tea Dance

The FNO invites senior citizens to put their best foot forward in the foyer.

Upcoming performance: Mon 3 Nov 2014 15:00 Main foyer

 

Photo Soup

A cleaning woman at the popular soup restaurant dreams of waiting on tables, and she finally has the chance to try her wings. What will happen to poor Sofia? Photo Soup is a contemporary dance work for 6 to 9 year old children.

Upcoming performance: Mon 10 Nov 2014 11:30 Upper foyer

 

Il tabarro & I pagliacci

Two tales of the relationship between an ageing man and a young woman, and destructive jealousy. Il tabarro is a realistic story set on a riverboat. In I pagliacci, the action is set in the world of theatre, where everything is possible.

 

The Ballet School Presents

Welcome to the Christmas Recital of the Finnish National Opera's Ballet School, featuring performances that will cover the entire scope of Ballet School operations.

 

Christmas Music Tour

As the holiday season draws nearer, the Finnish National Opera Orchestra leaves Helsinki behind and sets out on a festive Christmas music tour of the southern regions of Finland.

 

Music in the foyer

Saturday afternoon matinee in the main foyer of the Opera House offers a treat for the ear and a welcome moment of relaxation. Free entry!

Upcoming performance: Sat 22 Nov 2014 15:00 Main foyer

 

Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus is a classic operetta thanks to its energetically bubbling music. Marco Arturo Marelli's new production shows that even an old warhorse can reveal new aspects of itself.

 

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

By popular demand, the traditional Christmas ballet returns! This warm-hearted ballet is a must for the whole family!

 

La Bohème

It is a frigid winter in Paris; the moon shines over the roofs of the city. But the virtues of art and romance warm the hearts of the young bohemians, just like the music of Puccini feeds the audience's soul.

 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote is a major classical ballet. Transporting the audience from wintry Finland to sunny Spain, it is a celebration of handsome staging and virtuoso numbers that captivates every time!

 

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen is an insightful study about the relationship between the restrictions of human life and the freedom of the animal kingdom.

 

Dreamland & The Raven

Part of the Musica nova Helsinki Festival, the concert introduces the interpretations by two composers of Edgar Allan Poe's texts.

 

 

Kullervo

When composer Jean Sibelius as a young man encountered the tragic tale of Kullervo in the Kalevala, the result made Finnish musical history. Now Sibelius's breakthrough work is given a stage interpretation by Tero Saarinen.

 

Moomin and the Comet

All is not well in Moomin Valley, and Moomintroll and his friends decide to find out what is wrong. Anandah Kononen brings the familiar, exciting narrative to the world of ballet.

 

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a grandiose opera by Wagner setting a good-humoured story about the encounter of old and new worlds.

 

Émilie

In Kaija Saariaho's opera, Émilie du Châtelet, an exceptional woman facing conflicting expectations, will be played by the wonderful Camilla Nylund.

 

Grand Choral Gala

The Chorus of the FNO acquired its present formation 70 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, a Grand Choral Gala will be held in spring 2015.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Young lovers are confused about who should be in love with whom, and the Queen of the Fairies falls in love with an ass, who is actually a person. Everything is possible in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

Dance Schools' Ballet Happening

Scores of young Finnish students of ballet will gather together at the Finnish National Opera to perform on the main stage.

 

Aida

Military commander Radamès inadvertently betrays his country because of his love for Aida. The lovers are joined in death. This Egyptian story inspired Verdi to write some of his most brilliant music, resulting in one of the finest operas of all time.

 

Sibelius as Storyteller

Roald Dahl, beloved children's author, and Jean Sibelius, master of incidental music, meet in a concert for the whole family, narrated in Finnish.

 

The Ballet School Presents

Welcome to the Spring Recital of the Finnish National Opera's Ballet School, featuring performances that will cover the entire scope of Ballet School operations.

 

May 2014

Time and place Performance information
Sat 03/05 12:00
Main auditorium

La Bohème (Spring 2014)

It is a frigid winter in Paris; the moon shines over the roofs of the city. But the virtues of art and romance warm the hearts of the young bohemians, just like the music of Puccini feeds the audience's soul.

Sat 03/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Tango! – from Buenos Aires to Seinäjoki (Spring 2014)

Interpretations of Argentinian and Finnish tango electrify the Opera Main Stage in an evening of dance hosted by Finnish dance legend Jorma Uotinen.

Wed 07/05 18:15
Foyer at the Almi Hall

Pre-performance talks (season 2013-14)

Pre-performance talks present the background of the performance scheduled for the evening. The talks take place in Finnish and attendance is open to everyone.

Wed 07/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt travels the world, only to return home after decades of real and imaginary adventures to his Solveig. Henrik Ibsen's classic play depicts the entire span of human life, along with its dreams and hopes, and longing for home.

Thu 08/05 19:00
The Almi Hall

FNB Youth Company presents

A Youth Company dancers have been working alongside the members of the FNB on the main stage, and in May the Youth Company will give a show of its own at Almi Hall. The programme will feature classical ballet numbers and contemporary dance.

Fri 09/05 19:00
The Almi Hall

FNB Youth Company presents

A Youth Company dancers have been working alongside the members of the FNB on the main stage, and in May the Youth Company will give a show of its own at Almi Hall. The programme will feature classical ballet numbers and contemporary dance.

Sat 10/05 11:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Sat 10/05 14:00
Main auditorium

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt travels the world, only to return home after decades of real and imaginary adventures to his Solveig. Henrik Ibsen's classic play depicts the entire span of human life, along with its dreams and hopes, and longing for home.

Sat 10/05 19:30
Main auditorium

Tango! – from Buenos Aires to Seinäjoki (Spring 2014)

Interpretations of Argentinian and Finnish tango electrify the Opera Main Stage in an evening of dance hosted by Finnish dance legend Jorma Uotinen.

Mon 12/05 11:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Mon 12/05 13:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Tue 13/05 17:15
Main foyer

Pre-performance talks (season 2013-14)

Pre-performance talks present the background of the performance scheduled for the evening. The talks take place in Finnish and attendance is open to everyone.

Tue 13/05 18:00
Main auditorium

Der Rosenkavalier (Spring 2014)

With its orchestral colours and enticing melodies, Der Rosenkavalier exudes Viennese elegance, making it one of Richard Strauss' most popular operas.

Wed 14/05 11:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Wed 14/05 13:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Wed 14/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt travels the world, only to return home after decades of real and imaginary adventures to his Solveig. Henrik Ibsen's classic play depicts the entire span of human life, along with its dreams and hopes, and longing for home.

Thu 15/05 18:00
Main auditorium

Der Rosenkavalier (Spring 2014)

With its orchestral colours and enticing melodies, Der Rosenkavalier exudes Viennese elegance, making it one of Richard Strauss' most popular operas.

Fri 16/05 11:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Fri 16/05 13:00
Upper foyer

The Lion Tamer (2013) (sold)

"He snores, he roars, he is the world's greatest lion!" Liontamer is a fun new opera fairy tale incorporating familiar melodies from Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet and Puccini.

Fri 16/05 18:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Fri 16/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt travels the world, only to return home after decades of real and imaginary adventures to his Solveig. Henrik Ibsen's classic play depicts the entire span of human life, along with its dreams and hopes, and longing for home.

Sat 17/05 14:00
Main auditorium

Der Rosenkavalier (Spring 2014)

With its orchestral colours and enticing melodies, Der Rosenkavalier exudes Viennese elegance, making it one of Richard Strauss' most popular operas.

Sat 17/05 15:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Mon 19/05 18:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Tue 20/05 18:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Wed 21/05 18:00
Main auditorium

Der Rosenkavalier (Spring 2014)

With its orchestral colours and enticing melodies, Der Rosenkavalier exudes Viennese elegance, making it one of Richard Strauss' most popular operas.

Wed 21/05 19:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Fri 23/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Kenneth & Friends

Spring at the Finnish National Ballet will conclude with a wonderful gala where Artistic Director Kenneth Greve has invited colleagues from around the world to join the dancers of the FNB!

Sat 24/05 14:00
The Almi Hall

The Ballet School Presents: La Sylphide (part) and other choreographies

Vocational education students at the Ballet School of the FNO will take to the stage in Almi Hall in May.

Sat 24/05 19:00
Main auditorium

Kenneth & Friends

Spring at the Finnish National Ballet will conclude with a wonderful gala where Artistic Director Kenneth Greve has invited colleagues from around the world to join the dancers of the FNB!

Thu 29/05 18:00
Helsinki, Kansalaistori square

Danske Bank presents: Finnish National Ballet on summer tour 2014

In the summer, a group of dancers from the FNB will be going on tour in Finland, visiting several cities and towns for free public performances in market squares and similar venues. The summer tour is kindly sponsored by Danske Bank.