Following the Finnish government’s ban on all sports and cultural events with more than 500 spectators until August at the earliest, the Savonlinna festival shifted its entire programme to the summer of 2021. Valery Gergiev’s concert festivals at Mikkeli has been shelved.
Elsewhere, Opernfestspiele Heidenheim, specialising in early Verdi operas, has been called off. Salzburg is looking at ‘alternative strategies’.
Glyndebourne still clings to hope that the second half of its season might be saved.