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The FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA (Finnish : _Suomen Kansallisooppera_; Swedish : _Finlands Nationalopera_) is a Finnish opera company based in Helsinki
Helsinki
. Its home base is the Opera
Opera
House on Töölönlahti bay in Töölö , which opened in 1993, and is state-owned through Senate Properties . The Opera
Opera
House features two auditoriums, the main auditorium with 1,350, seats and a smaller studio auditorium with 300-500 seats.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Personnel * 3 Productions * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

Regular opera performances began in Finland in 1873 with the founding of the Finnish Opera
Opera
by Kaarlo Bergbom . Prior to that, opera had been performed in Finland sporadically by touring companies, and on occasion by Finnish amateurs, the first such production being _The Barber of Seville _ in 1849. However, the Finnish Opera
Opera
company soon plunged into a financial crisis and folded in 1879. During its six year's of operation, Bergbom’s opera company had given 450 performances of a total of 26 operas, and the company had managed to demonstrate that opera can be sung in Finnish too. After the disbandment of the Finnish Opera, the opera audiences of Helsinki
Helsinki
had to confine themselves to performances of visiting opera companies and occasional opera productions at the Finnish National Theatre .

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