Matthias Goerne is one of the world's most sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at
renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over
the world, and conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his
Since his opera debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, Mr. Goerne has appeared on the
world's principal opera stages, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real
in Madrid; Opéra national de Paris; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera. His
roles range from Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde),
and Orest (Elektra), to the title roles in Berg's Wozzeck, Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle,
Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, and Aribert Reimann's Lear.
Mr. Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have
received prestigious awards. He currently is recording a series of selected Schubert songs
for Harmonia Mundi.
During the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Goerne returns to the major opera houses and concert
halls in Europe, the United States, and Asia. He opened the season with a concert at
Musikfest Berlin, where he sang Lutosławski's Les espaces du sommeil with the Philharmonia
Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, followed by a tour with the Mahler Chamber
Orchestra, and several performances of Britten's War Requiem with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also appears as
soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC; Dallas Symphony Orchestra;
Orchestre de Paris; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; NHK Symphony Orchestra; Hong Kong
Philharmonic; and National Philharmonic of Russia.
At the Vienna State Opera, Mr. Goerne has leading roles in three different opera
productions: Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Amfortas in Parsifal, and the title role in
In addition, Mr. Goerne appears in nearly 40 recitals worldwide with six different
programs that range from Schubert to Berg, Shostakovich, and Eisler, with pianists Piotr
Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christoph Eschenbach, Andreas Haefliger, and Alexander
Schmalcz, including appearances at Chicago Symphony Center, Théatre des Champs-Élysées in
Paris, and the Zurich Opera House. At both the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Kioi Hall in
Tokyo, Mr. Goerne performs Schubert's song cycles in three evenings. In the summer of 2014,
he sings Schubert's Winterreise at the Vienna and Aix-en-Provence festivals with a film
installation by South African artist William Kentridge.
A native of Weimar, Mr. Goerne studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.