After the war years, all of Finland got to enjoy opera and ballet performances on the Finnish Opera’s extensive summer tours. Summer tours took place every year from 1945 to 1967.
The decades of internationalisation that followed World War II brought guest stars to the Finnish Opera Ballet from many of the world’s leading ballet companies. Despite the Cold War, top talents from the east and west came together every spring at an international ballet festival in Helsinki.
Soon after the wars, the ballet started its visiting performances abroad. The first visit to the Royal Ballet and Konserthuset of Stockholm took place as early as 1946. The following year, a smaller troupe visited Denmark and Norway, and in the 1950s touring intensified further.
Suomen kansallisoopperan ja -baletin balettioppilaitoksen historia ulottuu Kansallisbaletin toiminnan alkuvuosille 1920-luvulle, jolloin balettiryhmän yhteydessä harjoitettiin myös opetusta. Aluksi Oopperan yhteydessä toimi maksullinen yksityinen tanssikoulu.
A new era started at the Finnish National Ballet in 1984 when the company’s former principal dancer Doris Laine was appointed as its artistic director, after decades of short-term leaders. Laine was a keen advocate for dance who held many positions of influence, while steering the ballet company towards the new Opera House.