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Ballet pianist Marja-Kaisa Mäkinen

What exactly does the work of a ballet pianist involve? Marja-Kaisa Mäkinen tells all about her varied and fast-paced role accompanying the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.

The chameleons of the orchestra pit

Do you know how many instruments a percussionist plays in the Orchestra of the FNO? While most musicians are dedicated to one, a percussionist’s repertoire might involve a whopping twenty different instruments, depending on the composition.

Jekyll & Hyde: synopsis

Edward Hyde is wreaking havoc in London, while doctor Henry Jekyll is conducting experiments in his laboratory.

Chorus A to Z

Working as part of the Chorus of the Finnish National Opera is demanding but hugely rewarding. Our opera singers Salla Leponiemi and Simo Mäkinen shine a light on their profession in the A to Z of the Chorus of the FNO.

The history of Swan Lake in Finland

Swan Lake, which was the first ever ballet to be staged at the Finnish Opera in 1922 and seen at the opening celebration of the new Opera House in 1993, has been one of the most important works in the history of the Finnish National Ballet.