Karita Mattila stars in Covid fan tutte

Karita Mattila stars in Covid fan tutte


norman lebrecht

May 27, 2020

Finnish National Opera will open at the end of August with a satirical update of Mozart’s opera, starring soprano Karita Mattila. The humour will be Finnish, which is an acquired taste. Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct.

The rest of the seaons is in tatters. Die Walküre, pushed back to next year, will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki, wrecking Salonen’s dream of leading his first Ring cycle. More here. Kaija Saariaho’s new opera Innocence, which should have premiered at Aix, has been dropped until further notice.

Apart from that, Finland is having a good Covid war.


  • batonbaton says:

    I doubt Salonen conducting the Ring would be anyone’s dream, more like a nightmare…

  • RW2013 says:

    “The humour will be Finnish, which is an acquired taste.”
    I hope they at least offer discounted tickets (to the Covid opera) to the victims family and friends.

  • Faded Photographs. says:

    She will be a great Don Alfonso.

  • DPT says:

    Can she still sing?

  • Peter says:

    And what a very poor title… hopefully not all of the girls out there will make Covid…

  • Jenny DeMiller Townsend says:

    I often have uttered:” Esa-Pekka Salonen” because of the pleasure of saying & hearing it. His conducting & compositions are world-class. Susanna Mälkki has been talking to KUSC from Paris at 6 pm. Growing up from pre-birth with classical music of all eras, ancient & Post-post modern, I knew the Ring Cycle by heart by 8. I knew the standard repertoire. I learned “Pariah” from Lakmé as a child. Music has been integral to my existence. What is said about music & maths is valid for me. I think in them, dream in them. Suomi is hot stuff. Always cared for Magyar & its cousin or whatever. Bye for now. Found this on one of my phones by happenstance.

  • Bernard says:

    But who, please, will be the composer?