The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s immersive Laila production will arrive in Oulu, Finland, for the Oulu Music Festival on Mon 15th – Sat 27th of March, 2021

The interactive installation, which won the 2020 FEDORA Digital Prize, will for the first time be introduced to new audiences outside of the FNOB.

The Laila experience takes place in a semicircular dome, into which six people enter at a time. The actions, interactivity, and mere presence of the participants influence the visual design created by Ekho Collective, as well as the musical landscape by composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, audio designer Tuomas Norvio, and dramaturge Paula Vesala. The installation’s interactive elements will provide unique experiences to each attendant through their own input, and as such acts as a pioneer in operatic repertoire. “After our successful premiere in Helsinki, we are excited to see Laila travel north. May she enchant audiences far and wide!”, says Lilli Paasikivi, the artistic director of the Finnish National Opera.

In these challenging times, Laila will swoon new audiences in accordance with national safety regulations and social distancing. The production’s dynamic nature will bring about an alternative to experience arts collectively, yet safely.

“After our successful premiere in Helsinki, we are excited to see Laila travel north. May she enchant audiences far and wide!”

– Lilli Paasikivi