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Karita Mattila

  • Soprano

Biography

Karita Mattila has many recordings to her credit on the Philips, EMI, Sony, DG, and Ondine labels. Her 40th birthday concert, in front of nearly 12,000 people in Helsinki, was released on CD by Ondine.  Other recordings include Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Claudio Abbado on the DG label;  “Arias & Scenes” from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Janacek, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and R. Strauss, “German Romantic Arias” by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Weber with Sir Colin Davis, Grieg and Sibelius Songs with Sakari Oramo, (all on Erato/Warner); complete recordings of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,(on Decca) with the late Sir Georg Solti,  which won a Grammy Award for Opera in 1998, and Jenufa (on Erato/Warner) with Bernard Haitink, which won a Grammy Award for Opera in 2004; and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with Sir Simon Rattle on the EMI label.

Highlights of the 2009/10 season include performances of Tosca at both the Metropolitan Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper. She appears in the title role of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova at the Lyric Opera Chicago and Emilie de Chatelet at Opera National de Lyon. Concert appearances include engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and performances of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Berlin Philharmonic led by Sir Simon Rattle.

Throughout her distinguished career, Karita Mattila has garnered numerous awards.  In 2005 she was named Musical America’s “Musician of the Year”, one of the most prestigious honours paid to classical artists in the USA.  In 2003 she was awarded one of France’s highest cultural honours, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.  In 2001 the New York Times chose Karita Mattila as the best singer of the year for her performance in Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera, and in the same year she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award “Outstanding Achievement in Opera” for both Jenufa and Lisa in Pique Dame at the Royal Opera House. In 1997 she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for her performance of Elisabeth in Don Carlos at the Royal Opera House; awarded the Evening Standard Ballet, Opera and Classical Music Award for “Outstanding Performance of the Year” in this production; and the Académie du Disque Lyrique awarded the François Reichenbach Prize Orphée du Lyrique when Don Carlos was originally shown at the Chatelet in Paris.