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Matthias Goerne


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 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan and Orest to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Béla Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, and Paul Hindemithʼs Mathis der Maler.

Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, and only recently an ICMA award. He currently is recording a series of selected Schubert songs for Harmonia Mundi (The Goerne/Schubert Edition on 11 CDs).

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.

Highligts in the recent seasons included song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, London (Wigmore Hall) and New York (Carnegie Hall) as well as concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and moreover many appearances at the Vienna State Opera in three different roles (Amfortas, Kurwenal and Wozzeck).

Highlights in 2014/15 include song recitals with Piotr Anderszewski in London, Vienna and Berlin, concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra (War Requiem), Czech Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic (Wotan in the concert version of Das Rheingold) and a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic (Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde).

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