The canon of opera divas from Aida to Salome are shaken up by an extraordinary new diva. Laila premieres on the 20th of August at the Finnish National Opera.

Laila invites the audience to shape her reality and the world of the future together with artificial intelligence. She challenges us to encounter our hopes, fears and anxieties related to technology and the unknown tomorrow.

The new, interactive work created by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paula Vesala, Tuomas Norvio and the Ekho Collective for the Finnish National Opera rejects the traditional roles of performing arts, as its music and visuality evolve and change in interaction with the audience. In Laila, you are not the audience, but one of many actors shaping reality. Laila is a unique experience, which is different every time.

Laila, born in the ecosystem of the Opera Beyond, premieres at the Finnish National Opera on 20 August 2020. Performances continue until 19 September 2020. For further details about booking and tickets, please visit the FNOB website.

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Creative team

Composer Esa-Pekka Salonen
Dramaturg Paula Vesala
Sound design Tuomas Norvio
Ekho Collective: Minja Axelsson, Heikki Heiskanen, Essi Huotari, Olli Kilpi,
Saara-Henriikka Mäkinen, Joonas Nissinen and Iina Taijonlahti

Explore the showroom

Laila Lounge, Kalle Rasinkangas’ Common Domain and a visit to the FNOB’s main stage in Virtual Reality are all part of the Opera Beyond showroom in Almi foyer at the Finnish National Opera.

Common Domain by media artist Kalle Rasinkangas is an interactive installation that focuses on human collaboration. Contrary to much VR art, it is not a private experience but one shared and co-created by all the participants. Common Domain is created in collaboration with Opera Beyond and Nokia Bell Labs.

You are welcome to explore the three pieces and have a glimpse into the results of our Opera Beyond project we’ve achieved so far. The showroom is open to visitors until the 19th September. 

The VR pieces are open to visitors free of charge. Tickets to Laila must be booked in advance.