The Finnish National Opera
Finland's home of opera, The Finnish National Opera, or Suomen Kansallisooppera in Finnish, regularly hosts acclaimed performances from artists and singers who travel the world to visit Helsinki's opera house. The Opera has its own dedicated performers as well, and every year it premieres at least one new Finnish opera. The Opera was hosted in Helsinki’s famous Alexander Theater from 1918 until 1993, when the first dedicated opera house in Finland was opened on the edge of Lake Toolonlahti. Today, it welcomes almost 300,000 guests a year.
A stage for memorable experiencesDue to the beautiful scenery, the building presents guests with nice views even before they step inside. Once inside, visitors will be treated to one of the over 300 performances the Finnish National Opera stages each year, including new operas and world premieres, at least six new performances each year.
On the repertoire you can often find classic performances like The Flying Dutchman, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Nutcracker, Macbeth, Carmen and Swan Lake.
A varied programIn addition to opera performances, The Finnish National Opera features ballet performances, individual recitals, school operas and concerts for kids. The national opera itself comprises of over 500 employees from more than 32 nationalities, making it a medium-sized opera- and ballet company. The chorus has about 50 singers, and the orchestra has more than 110 musicians. The opera is led by Artistic Director Lilli Paasikivi, whom herself has performed with many distinguished orchestras.
Guests of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki, can experience the Finnish National Opera just a 20-minute walk from the hotel, or a 10-minute ride. The hotel's central accommodation in Helsinki lets visitors see the best of the city from a convenient city center location, offering a range of modern amenities.