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.