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spring season

Spring is celebration time

January will see the start of our birthday celebrations for the centenary of the Finnish National Ballet, as the premiere of Swan Lake shines Nordic light over the winter darkness. The premier will be live streamed from the Opera House. Needless to say, the entire centenary year will be packed with dazzling delights.

Opera fans will be spoilt for choice with three premieres and the highlight of the operatic spring, soprano Karita Mattila spectacular performance Total Karita.

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What's on this autumn

Jorma Elo – Jean Sibelius


11.3.2022 – 14.5.2022

A dance through the national composer’s life

Jorma Elo’s new ballet is about Jean Sibelius and his creativity, which inspires him to push forward. Though Jean is the main character, the story is both Aino’s and Jean’s. Their love is at the heart of the ballet, and the audience is shown each character’s point of view.

Richard Strauss


18.3.2022 – 23.4.2022

The divine role of power

Sensational in its time, Salome was received with both wonder and shock, thanks to its theme combining religion and eroticism and its groundbreaking musical language. The one act opera is one of the most powerful and intensive representations of the genre of all time.

Benjamin Britten

Billy Budd

29.3.2022 – 30.4.2022

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 intensive story gets under the skin and reflects the very core of humanity.

David McAllister – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake

4.4.2022 – 25.5.2022

The greatest feat of dance

Swan Lake is the world’s most famous ballet, which combined Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music with a visual world of iconic beauty. It also has a long history at the Finnish National Ballet, where it was performed as its first production a hundred years ago.

Kvarnström – Nuutinen – Saarinen

Triple Bill: Made in Finland

6.5.2022 – 20.5.2022

Three dance works in one evening

In the Finnish National Ballet’s centenary year, Triple Bill showcases three internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographers Kenneth Kvarnström, Johanna Nuutinen and Tero Saarinen. This evening is truly Made in Finland!

Total Karita

18.5.2022 – 2.6.2022

A performance packed with drama and glamour

Experience Finland’s most famous opera diva’s incredible versatility in one evening! In Total Karita, powerful drama meets extravagant, exhilarating spectacle. The two parts of the evening showcase two opposite extremes of emotions.