Karita Mattila is quarantined at her ex’s hut

Among other bizarre situations, the Finnish soprano was unable to get back from London to her American home. But Finnair took her to her homeland, where she is holed up in Turku in her ex-husband’s hut.

How does she fill her day?

 I do something exercise for an hour a day; treadmill or exercise bike. I talk to friends on the phone. Evening sauna. I drink vodka martinis. I started cooking a bit yesterday. I haven’t done anything related to music other than listening.


The violinist Pekka Kuusisto has been suffering from coronavirus disease at home for ten days. He says the symptoms are tolerable, ‘despite slightly lowered energy levels.’

Interviews here.



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  • Very glad to read that Mr. Kuusisto’s symptoms are tolerable; with all the horror stories abounding, it is good to be reminded from time to time that 80% of the cases are not severe. This is not at all to minimize the increasing daily toll and its related tragedies, but to provide a bit of reassurance, and hope.

  • For those of you who don’t, I recommend you follow Karita Mattila on Twitter – her tweets are an absolute hoot (wine and/or vodka is more often than not involved) and god knows we all need a laugh at the moment. Gotta love her!

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