Natália Horečná’s new Romeo and Juliet streamed live worldwide by the Finnish National Ballet

The new version of Romeo and Juliet by Natália Horečná premiered by the Finnish National Ballet last Friday will be streamed live from the performance next Saturday, 3 September. The Helsingin Sanomat newspaper will host the performance on its online TV channel HSTV beginning at 18:45 Finnish time (UTC +3). The performance can also be viewed in the Stage24 service of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, either live or on demand.

Natália Horečná’s new production is based on the familiar music by Sergei Prokofiev. The lead roles will be performed by principal dancers Linda Haakana and Ilya Bolotov. The Orchestra of the FNOB will be conducted by Pietro Rizzo. Romeo and Juliet is a co-production with the Finnish National Ballet and the Slovak National Theatre.

Live and on-demand performances form a key part of the new online service of the FNOB whose purpose is to serve a wider audience independent of constraints of time or geography. All streamed broadcasts and recordings may be viewed on the digital stage at the website, Stage24, free of charge. The FNOB is partnered in this service by the HSTV online service of the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper and by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). The FNOB is also involved in The Opera Platform, a collaborative project of European opera houses and the Arte European Culture Channel (

Natália Horečná – Serge Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet
Sat 3 Sep 2016
online broadcast begins at 18:45 (UTC +3) HSTV and
performance begins at 19:00 (UTC +3)

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