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A moment before the premiere

A lot of work goes into a production before it’s finally presented to the audience. The culmination of the rehearsal period is when the rehearsals move from the rehearsal room to the stage. The last rehearsals before the opening night are called Dress Rehearsals.

We provide schools and other special groups the opportunity to visit our Dress Rehearsals as a test audience. The test audience adds an element of excitement, which gives the performers a taste of the real performance atmosphere.

Advance enrolment is always necessary for the Dress Rehearsals.

Enrolment to 2022–2023 Dress Rehearsals

Seats for our open main rehearsals are allocated in order of enrolment, with priority given to first-time visitors. In autumn 2022, the maximum group size is two school classes or 30 people due to restricted audience numbers. Please note that bookings are only accepted via the application form on our Finnish site  and according to the schedule given below. Please see the enrolment instructions.

Groups who have applied for seats will receive confirmation of successful enrolment within two to three weeks. Some dress rehearsals also include production-specific workshops. These will be announced separately to those who have successfully enrolled in the rehearsal in question. Please note that the current schedule may change.

Open dress rehearsals in the 2022–2023 season at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Enrolment in the dress rehearsals in the autumn starts on August 2022.

Wed 28 Sep at 11.30 Triple Bill: World Wide Dance (total duration 2 H 25 min, 2 intermissions)
Suggested age guidance 9+

Tue 18 Oct at 11:00 Innocence (total duration 1 H 45 min, no intermission)
Suggested age guidance 13+

Fri 28 Oct at 11:30 Romeo and Juliet (total duration 2 H 55 min, 2 intermissions)
Suggested age guidance 11+

 

Enrolment in the following dress rehearsals will start later. 

Tue 22 Nov at 11:00 CircOpera 2.0 (total duration 2 H 10 min, 1 intermission)
This rehearsal is for elementary schools and secondary schools only!
Suggested age guidance 9+

Thu 1 Dec at 11:30 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (total duration 2 H 20 min, 1 intermission)
This rehearsal is for elementary schools only!
Suggested age guidance 7+

Fri 2 Dec at 11:30 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (total duration 2 H 20 min, 1 intermission)
This rehearsal is for elementary schools only!
Suggested age guidance 7+

Fri 13 Jan at 11:30 Carmen (ballet) (total duration 2 H 50 min, 2 intermissions)
Suggested age guidance 11+

Tue 24 Jan at 11:00 Turandot (total duration 2 H 45 min, 1 intermission)
Suggested age guidance 11+

Thu 9 Feb at 11:00 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (total duration 3 H 5 min, 1 intermission)
Suggested age guidance 16+

Wed 22 Feb at 11:30 Raymonda (total duration 2 H 55 min, 2 intermissions)
Suggested age guidance 11+

Fri 31 Mar at 11.30 Jekyll & Hyde (total duration 2 H 35 min, 1 intermission)
Suggested age guidance 11+

Enrolment instructions

We are delighted by the high level of interest groups have taken in our open Dress Rehearsals. To make it possible for as many groups as possible to attend, it is important to answer all the following questions on the enrolment form:

  • Has the group previously attended a Dress Rehearsal? If so, when?
  • Group contact details (name of group/school/year)
  • Group size (adults and children separately, max. 2 school classes or approx. 30 people)
  • Group contact person, phone number, email address and postcode
  • Reason why this group should be chosen to attend the rehearsal
  • Any special information and needs (such as the need for wheelchair spaces)

Unfortunately, we are unable to process incomplete enrolment forms or accept enrolment via email. As it takes a few weeks to process the forms, there is a slight delay in confirming seats.