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Matthias Goerne

About this Artist

MATTHIAS GOERNE is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners.

Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; and the Vienna State Opera. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan, Orest, and Jochanaan to the title roles in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he has recently completed the recording of a series of selected Schubert songs on 12 CDs for harmonia mundi (The Goerne/Schubert Edition) with eminent pianists. His latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach and of Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony have received rave reviews.

From 2001 through 2005, Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

A native of Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Highlights in the 2016/17 season include concerts with leading orchestras in the U.S. and in Europe such as the Boston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and the Philharmonia Orchestra London, as well as a series of song recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes and Markus Hinterhäuser in Dallas, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Madrid, London, and the new Lotte Hall in Seoul, among many other venues. He will continue his world tour of Schubert’s Winterreise in the celebrated William Kentridge production and will also be touring major European cities with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Matthias Goerne makes his debuts as Jochanaan (Salome) at the Vienna State Opera and as Wotan in a concert version of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden. For the summer of 2017, he has been re-invited to prestigious festivals including Salzburg, where he will be singing the title role in Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck in addition to a song recital with Daniil Trifonov at the piano.

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