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Total duration 3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
28.1.2022 – 24.2.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in english
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

An opera at the core of humanity

Benjamin Britten’s sea-themed masterpiece makes its first appearance at the Finnish National Opera in spring 2022. The stirring production evokes the claustrophobic ambience of a World War II submarine. The production directed by Annalise Miskimmon for the Norwegian National Opera in 2019 has been immensely popular ever since its premiere. The breathtaking sets and costumes take the audience to the world of 1940s French warships, where life is dictated by navy discipline and the inevitability of war.

Billy Budd reveals not only suppressed passions and the burden of guilt, but also the power of beauty and liberation. The intensive story gets under the skin and reflects the very core of humanity.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. 

Photos: Erik Berg/Norwegian National Opera

Co-production of the Norwegian National Opera and Teatr Wielki, the Polish National Opera. 

Tickets on sale 31 August at noon.

Tickets & Performances

3 h 10 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
28.1.2022 – 24.2.2022
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in english
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Fri 28.1.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 35.00 €
Tue 1.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 3.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 5.2.2022
at 14:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 10.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Sat 12.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Wed 16.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Fri 18.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Tue 22.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €
Thu 24.2.2022
at 19:00
Main Stage
from 20.00 €

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Synopsis

”What in the world have I done?” captain Edward Fairfax Vere asks, years after he has left the command of HMS Indomitable. Captain Vere, in his old age, looks back at past events on the ship.

When the good-natured, hard-working and handsome Billy Budd joins the crew of HMS Indomitable, everyone is enchanted by him. Billy has his weaknesses, however, and the hardened crew member Claggart has no hesitations about exploiting them. Billy becomes the target of envy and scheming, and ends up committing a crime under pressure. As a result, Captain Vere does something that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

You can read the full synopsis and other background information in the programme leaflet.

Creative team

Music
Benjamin Britten
Director
Annilese Miskimmon
Sets and costumes
Annemarie Woods

Cast

Cabin boy
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British composer Benjamin Britten is particularly revered for his vocal music. Billy Budd echoes with the roar of the seas, which is co-created by the tempestuous orchestra, imposing chorus, and virtuoso soloists.

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Complete the experience with refreshments

Refreshment sales start in Autumn

The Opera Restaurant is turning over a new leaf in Autumn 2021 with Restel as our new catering partner. Refreshment sales for performances in the 2021–2022 season will start in August. You can order refreshments in advance in our online shop, the Opera&Ballet mobile app, or at our customer service point.

Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

Yet another reason to love your season ticket

A season ticket is for true opera and ballet fans. The season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2021–22 season.  You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and eleven more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. Season ticket packages for season 2021–22 on sale 5 May at noon.  

Stay and enjoy

Your 20% discount for Radisson Blu Hotels

Complete your experience by staying the night at a hotel. As a customer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you can enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki’s Radisson Blu Hotels at a special rate.

This treat-yourself-offer includes accommodation for two in the hotel of your choice in Helsinki, two glasses of sparkling wine upon arrival, and the hotel’s delicious Super Breakfast.

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