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, Milano.
Conductors of first rank such as Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle as well as eminent pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alfred Brendel and Christoph Eschenbach are among his musical partners.
Matthias Goerne performs with leading orchestras including the foremost American orchestras such as Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony as well as London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. Tours and guest appearances have led him in recent years throughout the whole of Europe, to the USA, Asia and also to Australia.
Since his opera debut 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 in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Paris National Opera, the 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 Berg’s “Wozzeck“, Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler“ and Aribert Reimann’s “Lear“.
Goerne‘s successful performance has been documented in numerous CD recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. Currently he records a series of eleven CDs with selected Schubert songs (“The Goerne/Schubert Edition“) for Harmonia Mundi.
From 2001 through 2005 Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor for song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Duesseldorf. 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, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.