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Karita Mattila

  • Soprano


Karita Mattila is one of today’s most exciting lyric dramatic sopranos. She is recognised as much for the beauty and versatility of her lyric voice as for her extraordinary stage ability.    A native of Somero, Finland, Karita Mattila was first trained at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where her teacher was Liisa Linko-Malmio, and subsequently she studied with Vera Rozsa for nearly 20 years.  She sings in all the world’s major opera houses and festivals and performs regularly with the world’s great conductors including Levine, Abbado, Davis, Dohnanyi, Haitink, Pappano, Rattle, Salonen, and Sawallisch. 

Her operatic repertoire encompasses works by Beethoven, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, and Janáček.. Karita Mattila’s affinity with the dramatic side of opera has produced marvelous results when working with prominent stage directors such as Luc Bondy, who helped her to achieve a remarkable performance in his highly acclaimed Don Carlos, seen in Paris, London, and at the Edinburgh Festival.  Likewise, she has had outstanding collaborations with Lev Dodin in his productions of Elektra for the Salzburg Easter Festival and Pique Dame and Salome at the Opera Bastille, Peter Stein for his productions of Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg and Don Giovanni in Chicago, and Jürgen Flimm for his Fidelio in New York. Ms Mattila is an influential artistic force in the development of new music, regularly collaborating with eminent contemporary composers in the debut performances of significant modern works.

Most recently she performed the world premiere of Mirage by Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris led by Christoph Eschenbach in Paris, followed by performances in Berlin with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Jiri Belohlavek.