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Covid fan tutte with Karita Mattila opens the autumn season at the Finnish National Opera

In this article you will find updated information about the effects of the coronavirus at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (updated 2.9.2020)

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is prepared for potential restrictions on mass gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic this autumn. This will result in a number of changes to the 2020–2021 season. The first opera in the autumn repertoire will be Covid fan tutte, featuring soprano Karita Mattila and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hannu Lintu. The new libretto to the score of Mozart’s Così fan tutte will be written by Minna Lindgren.

The premiere of Covid fan tutte will take place at the end of August. Jussi Nikkilä will direct the production, which will star leading Finnish opera soloists from Karita Mattila to Miina-Liisa Värelä, Tommi Hakala, Johanna Rusanen, Tuomas Katajala and Waltteri Torikka. Minna Lindgren will write a topical libretto to the score of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, combining elements of satire and reality shows.

Die Walküre to replace Innocence in January 2021

Innocence, the new opera by Kaija Saariaho and Sofi Oksanen, will not be seen at the Finnish National Opera in the 2020–2021 season. The world premiere of this collaboration of five opera companies at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Innocence cannot be performed in Helsinki in January 2021 as planned. However, Innocence will be part of the Finnish National Opera’s repertoire in the near future.

Innocence will be replaced by Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, earlier scheduled for August and September 2020. The premiere will be on 29 January 2021. Other performance dates will be informed later. The Finnish National Opera wants to perform Die Walküre in all its glory with a full orchestra, as well as to ensure that visitors following the entire Der Ring des Nibelungen, or the Ring cycle, can see the productions in the right order. The performances of Die Walküre in January 2021 will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki.

Siegfried, the third part of the tetralogy will be performed in spring 2021 and the final part Götterdämmerung in autumn 2021. Also the last ballet premiere of the spring COW will be postponed to autumn 2020. Explore the productions of season 2020-2021 here.

If you have tickets and/or refreshment orders related to the cancelled performances, read the following text on how to get a refund.

A safe return to the Opera and Ballet

We are taking the safety recommendations to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic extremely seriously. You will find all the latest information for staying safe at the Opera House here.

Please stay home if you have symptoms. You can cancel your tickets and refreshments as late as 7 hours before the performance starts. Their value will be credited to your customer account and remains valid for any performance until end of spring 2022. Read more about sales and delivery terms and conditions.

How to cancel your tickets and refreshments online:

  1. Sign in to your customer account here.
  2. Go to Upcoming Events
  3. Select the performance you want to cancel and click the Cancel button beneath the performance details.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Remember to also cancel any refreshments you’ve ordered for the performance.
  6. The value of your purchase will be instantly returned to your customer account as credit. The credit on your account will remain valid for performances until the end of spring 2022.


In autumn 2020, you can cancel tickets and refreshments up to 7 hours before the start of a performance. Please only visit us if you’re feeling well. For more information, see our sales terms and conditions

If you have tickets and/or refreshment orders related to the cancelled performances, we will credit the value of your purchases to your customer account for later use. You may use the balance and purchase a ticket and/or refreshments for a future performance. Due to the exceptional situation, we have extended the validity of user account balances until spring 2022. Exceptionally, you may also use your balance to buy a season ticket or gift voucher. The easiest way to do so is to go to our online store. Log onto your customer account here.

If a performance is cancelled by the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, you may also request to have your refund paid into your bank account. Please click here to complete a form. Another alternative is to request that we credit the value of your purchases to your own credit card. To allow us to do so, send us an e-mail to:

Please note that there are currently some delays in processing the returns and it may take up to a couple of weeks for you to receive the payment.

E-mail is the best way to reach our customer service

Have you got any questions? At the moment, the FNOB Customer Service is extremely busy. The surest way to get a reply is to send a message by e-mail to We will process all the messages and get in touch with you as soon as we can.