Anna-Maria Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. From 2010 to 2013 Anna-Maria Helsing was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra. Within a short time, the Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish and Swedish orchestras. Helsing gave her debut at the Finnish National Opera with Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho in 2008. She has led a number of world premieres. She has also performed established operas by Mozart, Cimarosa, Puccini, Mascagni, Madetoja and Bernstein.