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Experience the dual nature of the mind

Dazzling beauty and exhilarating entertainment – combined with powerful drama and tantalising tales. That’s season 2020–2021 at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. 

Browse the repertoire and pick your favourites. 

Opera & Ballet repertoire in autumn 2020

Alexander Ekman – Mikael Karlsson


22.8.2020 – 9.9.2020

Absurd comedy meets energetic dance

The fast-paced and surprising COW is awash with absurd comedy, but at the same time it challenges the audience’s preconceptions about themselves and society. This striking production is an outrageous, satirical journey with no unnecessary lulls. At the core of everything there is, of course, a COW.

W. A. Mozart - Minna Lindgren

Covid fan tutte

28.8.2020 – 23.10.2020

A topical opera conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

The first opera in the autumn repertoire will be Covid fan tutte, featuring soprano Karita Mattila and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Minna Lindgren will write a topical libretto to the score of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, combining elements of political satire and reality shows.

Kansallisoopperan Covid fan tutte avaa oopperasyksyn 2020
Giuseppe Verdi

Il trovatore

11.9.2020 – 1.10.2020

A horror story to beautiful music

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.

Anna-Marie Holmes

Le Corsaire

25.9.2020 – 16.10.2020

A ballet that will take you by storm

The Pirate – Le Corsaire takes the audience to faraway lands, Oriental palaces, and the southern seas of yesteryear. The virtuoso dance feats will delight ballet connoisseurs and first-time visitors alike.

Merirosvo - Le Corsaire
Jaakko Kuusisto


22.10.2020 – 19.11.2020

Sounding out the power of nature

The Finnish National Opera was the first performing arts company to be permitted to adapt Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s beloved novel for the stage. The libretto includes all the key events and unforgettable characters of the novel. The immensely popular opera will return to the repertoire in autumn 2020.

Val Caniparoli

Jekyll & Hyde

6.11.2020 – 28.11.2020

World premiere at the Finnish National Ballet in autumn 2020

The case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story about the deep contradictions of the human psyche and its capacity for both good and evil. Now these two iconic characters spring from the classic novel form the basis of a full-length ballet by choreographer Val Caniparoli.

Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

20.11.2020 – 31.12.2020

An operetta about marriage worries

It’s no surprise that this story of a wealthy widow’s marriage worries has become the world’s favourite operetta. Franz Lehár’s bright and bubbly work offers genuine old-school glamour, merrymaking with Parisian nobility, catchy melodies, and can-can. What more could you ask for to kick-start the festive season?

Iloinen Leski
Wayne Eagling, Toer van Schayk – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

4.12.2020 – 22.12.2020

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without this ballet classic

The enchanting family favourite is back in the repertoire! The beloved ballet classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, is a cherished Christmas tradition for friends and families alike. Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, the magical sets, and the spectacular costumes whisk the audience miles away from the rush of Christmas preparations.

Nutcracker and the Mouse King
W. A. Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro

15.12.2020 – 9.1.2021

Twists and turns and dangerous liaisons

Mozart’s radiant music turns a messy relationship medley into a timeless comedy of human desires and emotions. The seamless union of the music and the libretto makes Le nozze di Figaro the most perfect masterpiece in its genre. This glorious opera will delight those new to opera, too.

Le nozze di Figaro

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