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festive season

Soon the ice will break

The best time of the year is about to begin. Who cares about the dark nights when the Opera House is aglow with the festive season? Packed with glamour, captivating stories and rapturous music, it will elevate your everyday and make each moment shine.

Choose your favorites of the festive season’s repertoire and get your tickets soon.

Upcoming repertoire – tickets on sale now

Jaakko Kuusisto


25.1.2019 – 9.3.2019

Finland’s favourite novel takes to the stage

Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s novel Ice was awarded the Finlandia prize, Finland’s most prestigious literary award, in 2012. The libretto follows the key events and characters of the rich novel, with music that rings with the changing seasons and the ever-present threat of ice.

Jules Massenet


8.2.2019 – 28.2.2019

An opera renowned for its beauty

A fascinating story of the contradiction between earthly and heavenly love meets the rapturous splendour of Jules Massenet’s music. In the end, who is the sinner and who is the saint? Along with profound questions about humanity, Thaïs offers a spectacle of unparalleled brilliance.

Thaïs; Sabina Cvilak
John Neumeier - Léo Delibes


1.3.2019 – 23.3.2019

A ballet of strong women

John Neumeier’s version of Sylvia deals with themes that are acutely familiar to today’s women, too. Sylvia tries to find a balance between power and vulnerability, aggression and spirituality, and the repression and embrace of emotions. The ballet’s story is weaved around music composed by Léo Delibes that is considered one of the world’s most accomplished ballet scores.

Alban Berg


22.3.2019 – 27.4.2019

The roughest opera of the year

Wozzeck is a story about an oppressed soldier, his mental breakdown and his final desperate act. The interpretation of Sir David Vicar, one of today’s most notable opera directors, has been praised from Chicago to Geneva. In Spring 2019, the powerful production will arrive at the Finnish National Opera.


Alban Berg: Wozzeck
Alexei Ratmansky – Rodion Shcehdrin

Anna Karenina

30.3.2019 – 13.4.2019

A ballet that breaks heart time and again

This season, Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel will be seen as a heart-wrenching ballet. The relentlessly gripping plot moves towards inevitable tragedy as steadily as a steam train. Get ready to experience truly tear-jerking beauty.

Anna Karenina
Giuseppe Verdi


6.4.2019 – 4.5.2019

Times change, Aida remains

Love for Aida leads Radamès, Captain of the Egyptian Guard, to betray his country. The lovers are only united in death. The critically-acclaimed production of the Finnish National Opera alludes not only to the reign of the pharaohs, but also to the conflicts of the modern world.



10.5.2019 – 22.5.2019

A legend. A maestro. A star.

K.V.G. proudly presents three highly renowned choreographers at different stages of their careers. Jiří Kylián is one of the legendary choreographers of our time. Marco Goecke, 45, has been building a notable international career for some time. The young Jeroen Verbruggen is a rising star whose imaginative work has attracted well-deserved attention.

Claude Debussy

Pelléas and Mélisande

23.5.2019 – 31.5.2019

An ethereal, dream-like opera conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

Mélisande, who has been found in a forest, ends up in a mysterious castle as the wife of Golaud, but her love for the young Pelléas leads to a tragedy. The meditative opera is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Pelleas and Melisande

The Grand Choral Gala

24.5.2019 – 28.5.2019

The most magnificent chorus scenes from the world of opera

In 2015, the Chorus of the FNO celebrated its 70th anniversary with a spectacular gala event. The concert was such a success that it’s making a comeback in spring 2019. The fast-paced and emotional show is an ideal first dip into the world of opera.

stor körgala

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