Today the Finnish National Opera opened its doors after a six-month renovation including enlargening the orchestra pit and installing new stage machinery. Because of all the speculations in the air, the journalists naturally had to ask the outgoing (!) chief conductor Mikko Franck whether he intends to stay now that there is a new General Manager appointed to the theatre. Surprisingly or not, he did not give away any details about his future plans. He nevertheless reminded, that the decision maker in this respect is not the new GM, but the Governing Board of the FNO! So it might be that my first prediction about the reshuffling of the Finnish musical chairs was totally wrong. We will wait and see!