Benjamin Britten’s comic opera.

Benjamin Britten’s comic opera in three acts is set in the imaginary village of Loxford, where moral power is exercised by a committee made up of prominent residents of the village.
On one day in the spring, the committee gathers at Lady Billow’s to elect the May Queen, a pure maiden, for the upcoming summer celebration. However, none of the young women in the village have a reputation pure enough, and the committee suddenly ends up proposing the vegetable vendor’s son Albert, a somewhat simple boy, as the May Queen. Mama’s boy Albert has no choice but to reluctantly accept his assigned role.

Under the direction of Victoria Newlyn (Guildhall School of Music), the events are set in post-world war II England, where society and previous strict standards are starting to open up. As the opera progresses, even the seemingly morally pure characters reveal their true desires.

Eric Crozier’s libretto is based on Guy Maupassants‘ novel Le Rosier de Madame Husson.

Sibelius Academy Opera and Orchestra
Markus Lehtinen and Cloe Dufresne, music direction

Victoria Newlyn, direction
Sampo Pyhälä, set design
Taina Relander, costume design
Tuija Luukkainen, make-up design
Eero Erkamo, light design


Lady Billows: Manon Gleizes / Maria Turunen
Florence Pike: Sniezde Kaņepe
Miss Wordsworth: Stella Tähtinen / Iris Candelaria
Mr. Gedge: Veikko Vallinoja
Mr. Upfold: Akseli Ferrand
Superintendent Budd: Janne Sihvo
Sid: Luke Scott
Albert Herring: Tuomas Miettola / Jasper Leppänen
Nancy: Ruut Mattila
Mrs. Herring: Olivia Kyllönen
Emmie: Eeva Suvanto
Cis: Iida Aarnio
Harry: Alvin Rasmus / Otso Kallio

Further infromation: Mirka Rättyä,

Some of the performances are cancelled
Some of the Albert Herring performances are cancelled due to restrictions related to the corona situation.

Ticketmaster Finland is responsible for returning tickets.

Buyers who have used a credit card, PayPal or Klarna as a payment method in the online store do not have to do anything. The ticket price will be automatically refunded.

If the tickets have been paid with online bank, Ticketmaster Finland invoice, Ticketmaster gift card or purchased from the ticket shop, please fill in the form below for return.

Return form:

Starting from 11,5 € 34 € / 11,5 €

Coffee or drinks?

Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia


Starting from 34 € / 11,5 €

Buy tickets

Coffee or drinks?

Order refreshments

The safety of all our visitors, performers and staff is of the utmost importance to us at Helsinki Music Centre. We have given careful thought to the additional measures we have introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as we want your concert experience to be as safe and memorable as possible.

Find out more about the measures we have introduced here

How about a cup of coffee, a bite to eat or a glass of bubbly during the interval? Order your drinks in advance to beat the queues and make the most of your concert visit.

Due to Covid-19, many of our concerts are currently performed without an interval. This is designed to prevent overcrowding in the foyers and corridors and to allow audiences to socially distance. Our bars remain open, however, and you are always welcome to join us for pre-concert drinks.

Order your drinks and snacks

Our location could not be more central or easier to get to. Almost all forms of Helsinki public transport stop right outside our doors, cycle parking is provided at all our entrances, and Aimo Park Finlandia, our nearest multi-storey car park, offers lift access directly to our main foyer.

Find out more about getting here


At the moment, due to coronavirus, you are welcome to bring your coat into the auditorium with you. However, we ask that you leave any larger items in the cloakroom. Given the unusual circumstances, our cloakroom service is currently offered free of charge.


Latecomers will be asked to wait until a suitable break in the performance or admitted after the interval.


You are not permitted to record concert performances at Helsinki Music Centre. However, you may take photographs before and after the concert and during applause. Individual concert organisers may have their own, more detail guidance regarding recording and photography.

Dress code

We’re happy to say we have no dress code at Helsinki Music Centre, and we positively encourage you to come as you are. However, we would be grateful if you could avoid wearing strong perfume during your visit so that people with asthma and fragrance sensitivity can enjoy our concerts symptom free.

At Helsinki Music Centre we are proud to be an accessible and welcoming place for everyone. Tactile handrails and signage have been fitted across the building, and there are tactile indicator strips on the floor too to guide partially sighted and blind visitors. Induction loops are always available, and guide or companion dogs are of course permitted within the building.

Find out more about our accessibility policy here

Concert Hall

The route to your seat is always printed on your ticket. Check the door number to find out which entrance to take. The seating areas are marked with letters. There is level access to all wheelchair seats from the main entrances. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with our venue – our staff are always on hand to help you find your seat.

Black Box, Camerata and Sonore

Use the row number printed on your ticket to find your seat. Wheelchair seats are situated on the same level as the entrance. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with our venue – our staff area always on hand to help you find your seat.

Unallocated seating

Please choose your seat on the day.