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The FNOB is governed by the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. According to regulations, the different bodies of the Foundation are the Board of Directors, the Management Board and the CEO with the title of General Director.

The Board of Directors, elected for a three-year period, is responsible for use of funds, appointment of directors, overall strategy and repertoire policy, pursuant to the Foundations Act. The job of the Supervisory Board is to oversee the administration of the Foundation, to confirm the annual report and final accounts, and to maintain social relations.

Supervisory Board

Board of Directors

Management 2019


The General Director of the FNOB is Gita Kadambi. She is responsible for management of operations and administration, budget monitoring, Board liaison, personnel recruitment and employment matters.

The Artistic Director of the Opera is Lilli Paasikivi; the Artistic Director of the Ballet is Madeleine Onne.

Opera and ballet for all

The Finnish state supports opera and ballet arts to give everyone the chance to enjoy the performances of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. In 2017, operational costs were 57.8 million euros and the total budget 70.0 million euros. The Ministry of Education and Culture granted 54% of the financing from the Veikkaus revenue.

The self-financing ratio of the FNOB was 19%. The Greater Helsinki municipalities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen supported the operations with a share of 8% of the total budget. This amount was proportional to the number of visitors from each municipality. The government contributed 12.2 million euros (17 %) for the rent of the Opera House owned by Senate Properties. A state subsidy of 0.9 million euros (1 %) was granted to the operations of the Ballet School.

As the performances require an abundance of manual work, personnel costs represent 80% of the total operational costs. The FNOB attracts just under 300,000 visitors annually.