Matthias Goerne is one of the world’s most versatile and sought-after baritones. He appears regularly at leading concert halls and opera houses such as the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and La Scala, Milan, as well as at major festivals. He has worked with numerous well-known conductors and orchestras in Europe, the USA and Asia.
His operatic repertoire ranges from Don Pizarro (Fidelio) to major Wagner and Strauss roles, as well as Bluebeard and Wozzeck, which he last sang at the Salzburg Festival in 2017. An ambassador for German Lied, from Schubert to Brahms and Berg to Eisler, Matthias Goerne has earned the highest reputation worldwide. He has given numerous world premieres and rediscovered important works of new music, from Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Bernd Alois Zimmermann to Austrian contemporary composer Thomas Larcher.
Matthias Goerne’s work has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have won multiple awards, not least his Schubert edition of 12 CDs on harmonia mundi, which he recorded with a number of celebrated piano partners, including Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes. More recently, he released a recording of Beethoven songs with Jan Lisiecki in 2020 and songs by Pfitzner, Strauss and Wagner with Seong-Jin Cho in 2021, both on Deutsche Grammophon.
Recent highlights include residencies at the Elbphilharmonie (2018) and the New York Philharmonic (2018/19) as well as a world tour of William Kentridge’s production of Winterreise. During the 2020/21 season, Matthias Goerne largely performed on live streams due to the pandemic; however, during summer 2021 he toured Europe with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. In the 2021/22 season he has performed at the Berlin State Opera, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and at the Munich Isarphilharmonie. He recently performed in Los Angeles under Gustavo Dudamel as Wotan in a concert performance of Die Walküre and appeared at the Ravinia Festival. He completed the season with worldwide recitals with the pianists Markus Hinterhäuser, Víkingur Ólafsson and Daniil Trifonov.
His plans for the 2022/23 season include recitals and concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, in Essen, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Vienna, as well as performances at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and a return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Matthias Goerne studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, as well as with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and has also been an ambassador for the Weimar Art Festival since 2019.