Biography

Matthias Goerne

Current as of July 2018

Matthias Goerne is one of the most versatile and internationally sought-after baritones of his generation. He appears regularly in the world’s leading concert halls and opera houses, including the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala, Milan, as well as international festivals. He has worked with practically every leading conductor and orchestra in Europe, America and Asia.

His operatic roles extend from Pizarro (Fidelio) to major Wagner and Strauss roles and from Bartók’s Bluebeard to Berg’s Wozzeck, which he sang most recently at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. As an ambassador for the German art song from Schubert and Brahms to Berg and Eisler, he enjoys the highest international standing. He has also given a number of world premieres and helped to rediscover several important 20th-century works by composers as varied as Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and the contemporary Austrian composer Thomas Larcher.

Matthias Goerne’s work is documented in numerous recordings, many of which have received multiple awards, including the Grammy, the German Record Critics’ Prize, the ICMA Award, the Diapason d’Or, the Gramophone Award and a BBC Music Magazine Award. Having completed a major retrospective of Schubert lieder on twelve CDs with a number of different accompanists, he has recently released two solo albums of songs by Brahms and Schumann, the former with Christoph Eschenbach, the latter with Markus Hinterhäuser. Other recent releases include Bach cantatas with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and scenes from Wagner’s music dramas with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Matthias Goerne will spend the 2018/19 season as artist in residence with the New York Philharmonic, with whom he will be giving ten concerts. He will also be appearing with other leading American orchestras, including those in Pittsburgh, Houston and Los Angeles. Elsewhere he will be performing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. His operatic roles during the 2018/19 season include Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at the Opéra de Paris and Amfortas (Parsifal) at the Vienna State Opera. Song recitals with Daniil Trifonov and Leif Ove Andsnes will take him to Berlin, Barcelona and elsewhere. Matthias Goerne is an honorary fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He was born in Weimar and studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and subsequently with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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