Biography

Matthias Goerne

Current as of August 2021

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 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 has largely performed on live streams due to the pandemic, including with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck, the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Harding and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Lahav Shani. During the summer of 2021 he tours Europe with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Manfred Honeck.

His plans include appearances at the Berlin State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden and the Liceu in Barcelona, ​​as well as recitals around the world with pianists Markus Hinterhäuser, Víkingur Ólafsson and Daniil Trifonov.

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.

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