Matthias Goerne has received worldwide praise for his warm, fluid baritone and his profound interpretations. Highly respected as a Lieder singer, he is a frequent guest at renowned festivals and prestigious venues like the New York Carnegie Hall and London Wigmore Hall. Famous pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alfred Brendel, Christoph Eschenbach and Elisabeth Leonskaja are among his musical partners.
Matthias Goerne is equally acclaimed on the concert stage where he appears with the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors at the leading venues and festivals. Highlights of the 2005/06 season include concerts with major American orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the Vienna Symphony (Fabio Luisi), Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Swedish Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck), Helsinki Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Valery Gergiev) and the Orchestre de Paris (Christoph Eschenbach).
Also sought-after as an opera performer, Matthias Goerne has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dresden Semperoper, at the Salzburg Festival and Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. His carefully chosen roles range from Papageno and Wolfram to the title roles in Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’ and Aribert Reimann’s ‘Lear’. In the 2005/06 season he can be heard at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Germont in ‘La Traviata’) and at the Zurich Opera (Sebastiano in ‘Tiefland’).
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Matthias Goerne has an exclusive contract with Decca for solo recordings many of which received prestigious awards. His latest recordings include Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’ and ‘Schwanengesang’ with Alfred Brendel.
In 2001 Goerne was appointed as Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Professor of Lieder Interpretation at the Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.