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Rarely performed Simon Boccanegra at the Finnish National Opera

The acclaimed international production premiered in Tokyo in November 2023. It is directed by Pierre Audi, the General Director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, with sets designed by one of the world’s most famous sculptors, Anish Kapoor.

The horror classic Dracula premieres at the Finnish National Opera

The world’s most famous horror story, Dracula, about the Transylvanian count, will be brought to life through dance in March 2024, as Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor’s work premieres at the Finnish National Ballet.

A masterpiece about valiant nuns in the shadow of the French Revolution premieres at the Finnish National Opera

Dialogues des Carmélites, composed by Francis Poulenc, describes real events during the time of the French Revolution, where 11 carmelite nuns were executed by guillotine.

Culture and technology meet in the European XTREME research project starting in January

Partners of the project XTREME (Mixed Reality Environment for Immersive Experience of Art and Culture) includes among other the MUNCH museum in Oslo as well as the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

Clark Eselgroth receives Outi and Jan Vapaavuori Foundation Dance Award

The award, given every other year, is awarded to a young dancer of the Finnish National Ballet.

A ballet of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol sees its world premiere at the Finnish National Ballet

Behind this full-length ballet production are the British choreographer David Bintley and the composer Sally Beamish.

Renovation of the 30-year-old Opera House completed as planned

The current Opera House by the Töölönlahti bay was inaugurated on 30 November 1993. To mark its 30th anniversary, the house has undergone extensive refurbishments, and was closed to visitors from May to August.

The Opera house is closed from 1 May to 31 August 2023

The Opera House celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the building will be renovated and closed to visitors from 1 May to 31 August. Our customer service point will open 4 September at 12 p.m.

Kaija Saariaho 1952–2023

The Finnish and global music community has suffered an irreplaceable loss with the passing of composer and Academician of Arts Kaija Saariaho in Paris on June 2, 2023. She was 70 years old.

Lilli Paasikivi to head the Bregenz Festival – tenure at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet will end next summer

Director of the Finnish National Opera and mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi has been appointed as the Artistic Director and CEO of the acclaimed Bregenz Festival in Austria. She will start in her new role in Bregenz on 1 October 2024.