Highly praised for his warm, fluid baritone voice and his profound interpretations, Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; and Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Conductors of the first rank such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle as well as eminent pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes and Alfred Brendel and are among his musical partners.
Matthias Goerne performs with leading orchestras including the foremost American orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, as well as the Philharmonia, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. Tours and guest appearances have led him in recent years throughout the whole of Europe, and to the US, Asia and Australia.
Since his opera début at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, Matthias Goerne has appeared on principal opera stages in the world, among others, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His carefully chosen roles range from Papageno and Wolfram right up to the title roles in Alban Bergʼs Wozzeck, Paul Hindemithʼs Mathis der Maler and Aribert Reimannʼs Lear.
Goerneʼs artistry has been documented on numerous CD recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. He is currently recording a series of 11 CDs of selected Schubert songs (The Goerne/Schubert Edition) for Harmonia Mundi.
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, Matthias Goerne was appointed Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Highlights in the 2011/12 season include a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival (Bluebeard with Seiji Ozawa) and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna and New York among many others.