Laila is the diva and main character of the story, but unlike iconic opera heroines such as Aida or Salome, Laila is an AI.

Laila will be a groundbreaking interactive opera experience created by composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, dramaturg Paula Vesala and the Ekho Collective. The work makes bold use of new technologies, while extending reality. The audience participates in the development of the performance, which unravels into a unique, mesmerising and collaborative experience.

Laila is a co-production of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and Ekho Collective (Essi Huotari, Tuomas Norvio, Joonas Nissinen, Heikki Heiskanen, Minja Axelsson, Olli Kilpi, Iina Taijonlahti and Saara-Henriikka Mäkinen). The collective won an Opera Beyond competition in spring 2019.

Laila deals with the relationship between humanity and artificial intelligence: the hope of robots solving humankind’s problems is mixed with the fear of them destroying all that we hold dear. 

Laila will premiere at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in May 2020. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s composition features the chorus, soloists and percussionists of the FNOB.

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