Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s most important opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Teatro Real in Madrid; the Paris National Opera; the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera. His carefully selected roles range from Amfortas, Marke, Wolfram, Wotan, Orest and Jochanaan to the title roles in Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.
Goerne’s artistic output has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received rave reviews and prestigious awards, including five Grammy nominations, an ICMA Award, a Gramophone Award, the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award, Diapason d’or arte, and the 2017 ECHO Klassik in the category “Singer of the Year.” In the last two years, he has released three albums on Deutsche Grammophon: Beethoven Lieder with Jan Lisiecki, Wagner, Strauss and Pfitzner Lieder with Seong-Jin Cho, and the recent Limelight “Vocal Recording of the Year” album “LIEDER” with Daniil Trifonov. He can be heard as Wotan on the Naxos release of the complete Ring cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jaap van Zweden. In early 2023, his latest album “Schubert revisited” was released by Deutsche Grammophon which features the composer’s songs in arrangements for voice and orchestra.
In 2001 he was made an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In the 2017/18 season, Matthias Goerne was Artist of Residence at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and the New York Philharmonic appointed him Artist-in-Residence for the 2018/19 season.
Born in Weimar, Goerne studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Highlights of the past season included concerts with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestre National de France under Cristian Măcelaru, the Boston Symphony under Antonio Pappano, the Munich Philharmonic under Paavo Järvi, and recitals with Christoph Eschenbach, Seong-Jin Cho, Markus Hinterhäuser, Alexandre Kantorow and Daniil Trifonov. At the Berlin State Opera Matthias Goerne took the role of Sarastro, at the Liceu in Barcelona the title role in A. Berg’s Wozzeck. In the summer of 2022, he sang the role of Wotan with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl in a production by Yuval Sharon.
He also appeared at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival.
Season highlights in the 2022/23 season include concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra as well as the Orchestre National de France conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, and a tour of Asia with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi. Matthias Goerne will perform the role of Marke in Toulouse as well as the role of Amfortas at the Liceu Barcelona. Recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes, Markus Hinterhäuser and Víkingur Ólafsson will take him to Paris, London and Florence, among other cities.
Matthias Goerne is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn and Michael Kocyan at Dorn Music.