The Finnish National Opera is working to bring the Finnish collective legacy during the COVID-19 pandemic to stage in late August, with the text and music of the opera “COVID van tutte” published on Tuesday, the producers told media.
The opera’s title imitates “Cosi fan tutte”, a classic by famous Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). In the Finnish production, all instrumental music is from the Mozart opera while the story is about the Finnish epidemic experience — an idea from Lilli Paasikivi, the Opera’s artistic director.
The opera’s characters include Finnish government ministers and epidemic specialists seen on television all through the spring, the writer of the libretto, Finnish author Minna Lindgren, told the Yle radio on Tuesday. “Humour comes from the recollection of the actual events.”
Humour is “a superb tool for collective survival,” she added.
Director of the production Jussi Nikkila said the intention is not to hurt anyone’s feelings, especially those who lost their friends or family during the epidemic. “And if a second wave of the epidemic hits, then the performances will be postponed,” he said.
To avoid health risks, the size of the orchestra will be reduced; the length of the performance will be shorter than the Mozart original and there will be no intermission for the audience.
According to the Finnish health authority, as of Tuesday afternoon, Finland has confirmed a total of 7,214 infections with COVID-19, including a latest increase of five cases. The death toll reached 328, with no death reported in the past 24 hours, and about 6,600 people have recovered, accounting for 90 percent of the reported cases.