Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

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, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. For harmonia mundi, he has recorded a series of selected Schubert on 11 CDs (The Goerne/Schubert Edition). 

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. Highlights in the 2014/15 season include a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, concerts with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, as well as song recitals with Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes and Christoph Eschenbach in London, Vienna, Berlin and at La Scala di Milan. In January 2015, Matthias Goerne is going to make his debut as Wotan in a concert version of Richard Wagner’s Rheingold with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. For August 2015, he has been invited to the prestigious summer festivals in Lucerne, Salzburg, Verbier, Edinburgh, Tanglewood, New York (Mostly Mozart), and Japan (Saito Kinen Festival).

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