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Total duration 5 h
2 intermissions (30 min)
6 performances
29.1.2021 – 16.2.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

The premiere Die Walküre will be on 29 January 2021

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is prepared for potential restrictions on mass gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic this autumn. This will result in a number of changes to the 2020–2021 season. Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, earlier scheduled for August and September 2020, will be rescheduled for winter 2021. The premiere will be on 29 January 2021. Other performance dates will be informed later.

The Finnish National Opera wants to perform Die Walküre in all its glory with a full orchestra, as well as to ensure that visitors following the entire Der Ring des Nibelungen, or the Ring cycle, can see the productions in the right order. The performances of Die Walküre in January 2021 will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki.

An opera about the beginning of heroism

Ring

Part two of the Ring saga

Wotan is making Valhalla stronger, fathering Valkyrie daughters who gather the greatest war heroes to protect Valhalla. In a battle against the ruthless Hunding, Wotan swears an oath that he will sacrifice his son Sigmund to safeguard the order of the gods.

The growing passion between Sigmund and Sieglinde tempers the chaos of conflict and war with nuances of great love. The story of the lovers gives rise to Siegfried, Part III of the Ring cycle.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. 

Performances & Tickets

5 h
2 intermissions (30 min)
6 performances
29.1.2021 – 16.2.2021
Operas
Main Stage
tickets
35-139 €
Performed in German
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 29.1.2021
at 15:00
Main Stage
sold out
Mon 1.2.2021
at 15:00
Main Stage
on sale
Thu 4.2.2021
at 15:00
Main Stage
on sale
Tue 9.2.2021
at 15:00
Main Stage
on sale
Sat 13.2.2021
at 13:00
Main Stage
sold out
Tue 16.2.2021
at 15:00
Main Stage
on sale

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Ring

The new Finnish Ring

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), also called the Ring cycle, is an opera tetralogy composed by Richard Wagner. Ever since this extraordinary work saw its world premiere in Bayreuth in 1876, it’s been counted among the greatest artistic achievements of Western culture. The Ring is based on ancient German and Nordic tales. The four operas are set in a mythical world, but their themes are equally pertinent in the modern day.

Synopsis

A strange man seeks shelter at the house of the warrior Hunding. The stranger tells Hundig’s wife Sieglinde that he does not know his name, but remembers that his sister was abducted and that he is being hunted. Sieglinde is attracted to the stranger and gives Hunding a sleeping potion to stop him from confronting the fugitive. Sieglinde explains that at their wedding feast, a mysterious one-eyed Wanderer plunged a sword into a tree in the centre of the room. She watches as the stranger pulls the sword free, confirming her suspicions that he must be Siegmund, her brother. It is revealed that
both Sieglinde and Siegmund were fathered by Wotan, who came to Earth disguised as the Wanderer.

Wotan’s daughter, the goddess Brünnhilde, pleads with Wotan to protect Siegmund, but Wotan’s wife Fricka demands justice for Hunding. Wotan is forced to sacrifice his mortal son Siegmund. As Hundig and Siegmund do battle, Wotan intervenes and breaks Siegmund’s sword with his spear. Hunding then kills him. Brünnhilde gathers the remains of the sword and takes flight with Sieglinde, who is pregnant with Siegmund’s child. Brünnhilde and Sieglinde arrive at the assembly of the Valkyrie, the goddess daughters of Wotan charged with gathering the souls of fallen heroes for the Valhalla army. The Valkyrie dare not defy Wotan and Sieglinde is forced to flee with the remains of the sword. Wotan punishes Brünnhilde for protecting Siegmund by trapping her on a mountain top, encircled in a magic flame.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

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– Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Guaranteed seats with a season ticket

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A season ticket to remember

A season ticket guarantees you a seat for all our premieres, which amount to 7 in the 2020–21 season. Two of these include more than one work, so your season ticket gives you access to a total of 10 memorable productions. You will also enjoy a dedicated seat in the auditorium and a dozen more substantial benefits.

There is a limited amount of season ticket packages on sale. There are no season ticket packages available at the moment.

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Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.

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As a guest of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet you will enjoy the hospitality of Helsinki Radisson Blu Hotels at a special price.

We offer you 20% off the daily rate. Luxury accommodation includes accommodation for two at your chosen hotel in Helsinki, glasses of sparkling on arrival, relaxing Blu Dreams and a superb Super Breakfast.

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