The FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA (Finnish : _Suomen Kansallisooppera_;
Swedish : _Finlands Nationalopera_) is a Finnish opera company based
* 1 History * 2 Personnel * 3 Productions * 4 References * 5 External links
Regular opera performances began in Finland in 1873 with the founding
of the Finnish
The reincarnation of the Finnish opera institution took place about 30 years later. A group of notable social and cultural figures, led by the international star soprano Aino Ackté , founded the _Domestic Opera_ in 1911. From the very beginning, the opera decided to engage both foreign and Finnish artists. A few years later the Domestic Opera was renamed the _Finnish Opera_ in 1914. In 1956, the Finnish Opera was, in turn, taken over by the Foundation of the Finnish National Opera, and acquired its present name.
Between 1918 and 1993 the home of the opera was the Alexander Theater , which had been assigned to the company on a permanent basis. The home was inaugurated with an opening performance of Verdi’s _Aida _. When the first dedicated opera house in Finland was finally completed and inaugurated in 1993, the old opera h