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Total duration 2 h 50 min
1 intermission (30 min)
6 performances
11.9.2020 – 1.10.2020
Main Stage
15-99 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

A horror story to beautiful music

The battle for the beautiful Leonora’s heart can begin! Giuseppe Verdi’s opera is a story of brothers torn apart and turned enemies by civil war. The tragic events and characters are mirrored by the music, which flows in an endless cavalcade of affecting melodies.

Ravishing drama, horror and beautiful music – Il Trovatore is a powerful experience.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. Some scenes may upset the most sensitive members of the audience.

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Performances & Tickets

2 h 50 min
1 intermission (30 min)
6 performances
11.9.2020 – 1.10.2020
Main Stage
15-99 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 11.9.2020
at 19:00
Thu 17.9.2020
at 19:00
Sat 19.9.2020
at 19:00
Tue 22.9.2020
at 19:00
Thu 24.9.2020
at 19:00
Thu 1.10.2020
at 19:00

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“I want to turn the Opera House into a gigantic canvas. The artist Francisco de Goya is like a narrator, a troubadour, whose brush paints the tragedy of love, revenge, war, and death – the destruction of war.”

– Director Joan Anton Rechi


Creative team

Giuseppe Verdi
Director, sets
Joan Anton Rechi
Mercè Paloma
Lighting design
Albert Faura
Video design
Project II


Timo Paavola


Azucena once kidnapped one of the two sons of Count Luna, intending to kill him, but instead killed her own son and raised the kidnapped boy as her own. Now there is a civil war in the kingdom, and Manrico and Count Luna are enemies, unaware that they are actually brothers. They have only one thing in common: they are both in love with the lovely Leonora.

Was leads inexorably to tragedy, as the Count executes Manrico and only then is told the truth by Azucena: he has just killed his own brother.

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

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Fantastical arias

One marvellous aria barely ends when the orchestra begins the next rhythmic accompaniment, and another memorable melody begins to unravel. An opera of incredible musical fireworks, Il Trovatore combines everything there is to love about the genre.

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”There isn’t a creature in this galaxy that wouldn’t understand Verdi.”


A co-production of Gran Teatre de Liceu and Ovideo Teatro Campoamor.

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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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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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