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Total duration 1 h 40 min
no intermission
12 performances
28.8.2020 – 23.10.2020
Main Stage
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
W. A. Mozart - Minna Lindgren: Covid fan tutte; Reetta Haavisto, Markus Nykänen

Autumn season at the opera opens with Covid fan tutte, starring leading Finnish soloists

The first opera in the autumn repertoire will be Covid fan tutte, featuring for example soprano Karita Mattila and conductors 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. Directed by Jussi Nikkilä, the opera will be sung by Finland’s most prominent soloists, including Karita Mattila, 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.

We have double-cast roles in Covid fan tutte. Please check the cast before buying your ticket. 

Tickets & Performances

1 h 40 min
no intermission
12 performances
28.8.2020 – 23.10.2020
Main Stage
Performed in Finnish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 28.8.2020
at 19:00
Tue 1.9.2020
at 19:00
Thu 3.9.2020
at 19:00
Sat 5.9.2020
at 15:00
Thu 10.9.2020
at 19:00
Sat 12.9.2020
at 19:00
Wed 16.9.2020
at 19:00
Sat 10.10.2020
at 14:00
Tue 13.10.2020
at 19:00
Thu 15.10.2020
at 19:00
Sat 17.10.2020
at 19:00
Fri 23.10.2020
at 19:00
Your safety is important to us

Please stay home if you have symptoms. You can cancel your tickets and refreshments as late as 24 hours before the performance starts. Read more about our safety recommendations here.

Creative team

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jussi Nikkilä
Mark Väisänen
Erika Turunen
Lighting and projection design
Mikko Linnavuori
Riikka Räsänen




Los Angeles Times, 30.10.2020
“In a fantastic ‘Covid fan Tutte,’ Salonen ushers Mozart into the age of coronavirus” Read article
Adventures in Music, 9.9.2020
“Entertaining time-piece with Salonen and an all-Star cast” Read article

Cut, paste and sing!

Kuva: Stefan Bremer

Read how Così fan tutte by Mozart and da Ponte turned into something totally different and pushed aside Wagner’s Die Walküre.

Scenes from the corona spring

Cancelled work, financial losses and insecurity, postponed blockbusters, travel restrictions, social isolation, the adjustment of work around safety distances and equipment, quarantines, video meetings, audience restrictions, etc. are the new reality, which all of society, including the Finnish National Opera and its staff, must navigate long into the future.

The rollercoaster of restrictions and insecurity has also produced a wealth of comic situations. These have inspired the themes of this unusual and very timely reinterpretation of the Mozart classic.

Covid fan tutte sums up the Finnish corona spring. We hope this comedy will help ease the audience’s collective ennui and anguish.


”We had a rare opportunity to get this incredible team together at such short notice, with most artists sitting at home and waiting for work to resume. This idea was like a champagne bottle that suddenly popped: everyone was immediately and enthusiastically on board this wacky project, which deals with experiences we’ve all shared in these absurd times. This is a unique production for unique circumstances.”

– Lilli Paasikivi, Artistic Director of the Opera

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Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific table for orders made via the online store. We may also seat several parties at the same table. You may be assigned a bar height table for enjoying refreshments standing up.

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