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“A high class opera house”

Finnish National Opera (Suomen Kansallisooppera)
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“A high class opera house”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Spread over the past 15 years, I have seen 11 performances at this opera house. Musical standards are high and the productions I have seen tend to be fairly "safe". Their Ring Cycle was perhaps the most satisfying that I have seen anywhere. The auditorium is of medium size, with excellent acoustics and comfortable seating. Surtitles include English. For a small country, Finland "punches above its weight" in singers. Matti Salminen, Tommy Hakala, Jorma Hynninen, Lilli Paasikivi, Jorma Silvasti and the fabulous Karita Mattila all appear from time to time. There is one huge foyer which serves all areas of the house and usually one can find a place to sit during intervals. The side of the house is mainly glass and looks out on a park and lake. The idea that one has to be formally dressed at the opera is a myth, but the audience here - while not formal - is amongst the most elegantly attired anywhere.

Visited September 2012
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“Aida in Finnish National Opera”
Reviewed 3 September 2012

We have visited many operas, but Aida in Helsinki was really enjoyment. The opera building is not very old, is quite modern and with great acustic. Subtitles in Swedish, Finnish and English were just a big plus.

Visited September 2012
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Noida, India
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“Nice building”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

Excellent opera. See the timing and opt in advance. On the way to Airport, near city centre. Can take finnair bus to commute. Best in afternoon.

Visited March 2012
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Aland Island, Finland
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“If you are the opera type.”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

Nice complex with display right outside huge wall of what is to be shown, date and time. Disabled facility available and can also be arranged if you inform earlier. Tickets can be very expensive from lippupalvelu.

Visited December 2011
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“Finnish National Opera - Great”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

I have been many times at the Finnish National Opera and seen many great ballets and operas. For example the Nut cracker and the mouse King was one among the most beautiful ballets I have ever seen - absolutely gorgeous. I like "old fashioned" operas and ballets with beautiful props and dresses. During intervals it is lovely to have a glass of sparkling and see the stunning view to the bay of Töölönlahti. It is like a living painting.

Visited March 2011
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