Visioning Stages Beyond

The way of experiencing art and entertainment is undergoing big changes. Many possibilities in new technologies are yet to be discovered. Pioneer, thinker, artist, polymath or adventurer – will you join us on our journey of discovery?

Topics at the Opera Beyond Conference 2022: Visioning Stages Beyond include cutting edge technologies, such as XR, AI, NFTs, volumetric video, spatial audio, 3D projections and metaverse. We’ll cover wider trends in the branch and weak signals surrounding interactivity and immersion.

Opera Beyond pitches at Assembly Creative Tech ’21. Photo credit: Tuula Ylikorpi, Otto Jahnukainen


During the pandemic, many organizations have succeeded in enriching their content with new methods. We will share these learnings with the art, entertainment and event industries. Themes like diversity & equality in arts, expectations of generation Z in culture and entertainment consumption, ecosystems and the role of art in society amidst change will be on the table as well.  Time inevitably brings change – here’s to moving beyond!

Opera Beyond Conference was organized for the first time in 2019.

The conference (13-14 September 2022)  is a meeting place, a forum and a catalyst for ideas. The two-day event at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki will include speeches and presentations, debates, networking and envisioning new worlds together.

Stay tuned for speaker and program announcements and secure your seat by purchasing a ticket. We’re excited to see you in September!

Speakers

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Enara Nazarova

Enara Nazarova

Enara is the Founder of digital fashion platform ARMOAR, host of the Digital Fashion & Art Club, and VP of Metaverse at Hype Partners. She was recently voted as one of Top 30 Voices in the Metaverse by ReadWrite and has spoken at summits globally about digital fashion. Today she’s building a new generation of … Continued

Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi has worked as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera since 2013. In her work, Paasikivi has set out to reshape the structures of opera and to find ways to combine technology with opera. In 2019, Paasikivi launched Opera Beyond – a project which aims to apply new technological possibilities and tools in opera and ballet.

Onni Hämäläinen

Onni Hämäläinen

“In recent work with 00100ENSEMBLE we have been playing around with the balance of personal and shared experiences. In all of the projects one of the aims is to create a sense of belonging to a momentary community. By creating a safe and curated multi sensory world we give the audience a choice to wander freely and lose themselves following their own intuition. In a performance where the options can feel limitless, they get the chance to surprise themselves and challenge their own behavioural habits.”

Inna Huttunen

Inna Huttunen

“Whether it’s the thrill of a rollercoaster ride, an intense look in your eyes inside a huge labyrinth or a moment in a virtual paradise that makes you question the life around you – it all comes down to something that for me is the juicy essence of immersive experiences: a personal, though somehow shared adventure. An adventure packed in a fleeting moment, that has the potential to be transformative.”

Samee Haapa

Samee Haapa

“I’m inspired by how queer communities create safer spaces in order to facilitate action which society at large might define as ‘risky’ in a way that validates the boundaries of everyone involved. If translated to art, this for me gives a glimpse of art which can take more meaningful risks while also taking better care of everyone involved.”

Sandra Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez

“My most recent projects combine the use of virtual tools, virtual entities and Artificial Intelligence, to reflect on some unique characteristics of our human experience.”

Jessica Creane

Jessica Creane

“Recent project exploration has included a deep dive into the gamification of Romeo & Juliet, namely how strangers fall in love, what makes love irresistible, and how to utilize play to inspire self-reflection around intimacy.”

Dan Burgar

Dan Burgar

“I’m really interested in democratizing the VR/AR/Metaverse technology to make it accessible to everyone, I’m passionate about the people and the community that make up the future of these transformative industries. The intersection of arts and innovation has never been more prevalent than now, I personally get inspired by it.”

Are you interested in becoming an exhibitor at the Opera Beyond Conference? Please contact johanna@nosteproductions.fi.

Speakers Wanted!

  • We have some great speakers in store for the event, but why not make the process more participatory and fun? If you have a speaker in mind we should definitely consider, let us know! Or maybe you are one yourself. Is there a theme you’re dying to find more about? Let us know and fill the box below with the hottest program suggestions for the Opera Beyond Conference 2022.