Victoria arrives this afternoon to Helsinki to see Opera Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) at the Finnish National Opera on the occasion of Finland's 100th anniversary. Victoria has been invited by Hanaholmen Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and Svenska Kulturfonden (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland).
Höstsonaten is a new finnish opera, composed by Sebastian Fagerlund. It is based on Ingmar Bergman's classic film with the same name. Swedish mezzosoprano Anne Sofie von Otter sings the main role at the opera.
The finnish press tells that people can see Victoria in Helsinki only by a glimpse. Victoria comes to the Opera (starting at 18.00) by car straight from the airport. She doesn't move elsewhere in Helsinki, and goes by car.
- She is brought to the opera door where she goes in, says Maria Romantschuk, programme director of the Hanaholmen Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre.
There may be the only chance of seeing the prinsess.
- She just comes out of the car and goes into the opera, Romantschuk says.
The media can photograph the crown princess shortly in the opera, but she doesn't give interviews.
Katja Jokinen, Head of Communications of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, wasn't able to say on Friday whether other opera viewers could see the crown princess.
Romantschuk tells that after the opera performance the crown princess has program organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Finland.
The princess arrives alone and stays the night in Finland. She will return to Sweden the next morning, says Embassy Counselor Jan Nyberg from the Embassy of Sweden in Finland.
- She was invited a long time ago. She decided to come and celebrate the centenary of Finland, says Nyberg.
According to Romantschuk, the hosts were very happy about that the crown princess accepted the invitation.
- This is where she participates in the celebration of 100th anniversary of Finland.
Kyllähän hän astuu autosta ja menee oopperaan_ – Vickania mahdollisuus nähdä vain vilaukselta _ Kotimaa _ Kaleva.fi
Iltalehti speculates if Victoria visits also Meeri Koutaniemi's photo exhibition which is shown at the foyer or the National Opera. And if Victoria stays also this time at Hotel Haven, where she and Daniel stayed on their visit to Finland.
Prinsessa Victoria tänään Suomessa - tämä pikavierailusta tiedetään
Iltasanomat tells that according to the information they have got, there will be a small event after the opera, in which attend in addition to Victoria the hosts of the visit, ambassador Anders Ahnlid and the main performers of the opera. Iltasanomat also highlights that Victoria uses regular flights, and that is why she returns to Sweden on Sunday, not today.
Kruununprinsessa Victoria saapuu tänään Suomeen – käytännöllinen kuninkaallinen suosii reittilentoja - Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat
Trailer of Opera Höstsonaten