CircOpera 2.0 is a breathtaking journey into the world of circus, dance and opera

NEWS
24.11.2022

Two great art forms have come together at the Finnish National Opera, as the entire Opera House has turned into a giant circus arena. CircOpera 2.0 also presents the first virtual artist in the history of the company: the singing and dancing avatar The Diva.

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CircOpera 2.0 is a combination of virtuoso acrobatics, classical music gems, and modern technology. The production is made of more than 20 different scenes, which delivers an intensive continuum.

Six opera soloists will perform together with the full-sized Orchestra and Chorus of the Finnish National Opera. A circus production involving such a large group of performers is a global phenomenon. What’s more, the performers will challenge themselves to the max by singing and playing instruments in the most unusual places.

The circus artists onstage include leading international figures, such as the Navas Brothers with their Wheel of Death act, and the artists of the Canadian circus collective Barcode with their stunning performances.

Dazzling interactive projections will bring the stage visuals to life and complement the performers’ moves

CircOpera 2.0 will also feature the first ever virtual performer of the Finnish National Opera, the singing and dancing avatar The Diva, who presents the entire spectacle and assumes a variety of digital forms throughout it. In addition to this, dazzling interactive projections will bring the stage visuals to life and complement the performers’ moves.

The immersive technology is implemented as part of the Opera Beyond project. For more information about the technology used in the performance and Opera Beyond, visit operabeyond.com/

CircOpera 2.0 is directed by Jere Erkkilä and conducted by Nick Davies. The circus acts are directed by Sanna Silvennoinen, who has a track record in Finnish contemporary circus, and the dance choreography is by Reija WäreErika Turunen has created the costumes.

CircOpera 2.0 premiere at the Finnish National Opera on 25 November 2022 at 7 p.m. Other performances from 26 November 2022 to 7 January 2023.