Karita Mattila Finnish soprano

Karita Mattila Finnish soprano

Karita Mattila is one of today’s most exciting lyric dramatic sopranos. She is recognized as much for the beauty and versatility of her voice as for her extraordinary stage ability. A native of Finland, Mattila was trained at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where her teacher was Liisa Linko-Malmio, and subsequently she studied with Vera Rozsa for nearly 20 years. She sings at all the world’s major opera houses and festivals, and has performed with the world’s greatest conductors including Levine, Abbado, Davis, Dohnanyi, Haitink,

Karita Mattila Finnish soprano

Mattila’s innate sense of drama has led to remarkable collaborations with major stage directors, including Luc Bondy in his highly acclaimed Don Carlos, which she performed in Paris, London and at the Edinburgh Festival; Lev Dodin in his productions of Elektra for the Salzburg Easter Festival and Pique Dame and Salome at the Opéra National de Paris; Peter Stein for his Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg and Don Giovanni in Chicago; and Jürgen Flimm for his Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera.

She is an influential artistic force in the development of new music, regularly collaborating with eminent contemporary composers in the debut performances of significant modern works. Recent performances in this genre include the world premiere of Emilie du Châtelet by Kaija Saariaho at the Opéra National de Lyon. She has won numerous awards throughout her distinguished career, including Musical America’s Musician of the Year and Opera News Awards (two of the most prestigious honors paid to classical artists in the USA) and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (one of France’s highest cultural honors).

Karita Mattila has many recordings to her credit on the Phillips, EMI, Sony, DG, and Ondine labels. Her 40th birthday concert, in front of nearly 12,000 people in Helsinki, was released on CD by Ondine. Other recordings include Strauss’s Vier letzte lieder with Claudio Abbado on the DG label; arias and scenes from the operas of Puccini, Verdi, Janácek, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and R. Strauss; German Romantic arias by Beethoven,Mendelssohn and Weber with Sir Colin Davis;

Grieg and Sibelius songs with Sakari Oramo (all on Erato/Warner); complete recordings of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on Decca with the late Sir Georg Solti, which won a Grammy ® Award in 1998; Jenůfa on Erato/Warner with Bernard Haitink, which won a Grammy ® Award in 2004; and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with Sir Simon Rattle on EMI.

Performances of the current season include Janácek’s Jenůfa at the Hamburg State Opera, Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with Houston Grand Opera, and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Paris Opera. Her numerous concert appearances bring her together with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation and with the San Francisco Symphony as well as to many stages of her native Finland.

Recent highlights include Leonore in Fidelio for Houston Grand Opera, Emilia Marty in The Makropoulos Case at the Metropolitan Opera and at San Francisco Opera, the title role of Janácek’s Katya Kabanova at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lisa in Pique Dame at the Metropolitan Opera, Marie in Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and concert performances of Erwartung with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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Tosca Tosca Metropolitan Operabio 10.10.2009
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Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:299770 
New Production
Don Giovanni {388}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1990
Debut: Karita Mattila
Review
[Met Performance] CID:299810
Don Giovanni {389}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1990
[Met Performance] CID:299840
Don Giovanni {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/1990
[Met Performance] CID:299880
Don Giovanni {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/2/1990
[Met Performance] CID:299910 
Don Giovanni {392}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/5/1990
Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:302310
Don Giovanni {403}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/24/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302340
Don Giovanni {404}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/27/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302390
Don Giovanni {405}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/1/1990
Debut: John Keenan
[Met Performance] CID:311140
New production
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {379}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1993
Debuts: John Del Carlo, Robert Brubaker, LeRoy Lehr
[Met Performance] CID:311180
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {380}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311230 Opera News
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {381}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/1993
Debut: Ryan Allen
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:311260
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {382}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311310
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {383}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1993
Review
[Met Performance] CID:311380
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {385}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1993
[Met Performance] CID:311410
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {386}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1993
[Met Performance] CID:322250
New Production
The Queen of Spades {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1995
Debut: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Nikolai Putilin, Ludmila Filatova, Kurt Link, Mark Thompson, Paul Pyant, John Meehan
[Met Performance] CID:322290
The Queen of Spades {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/30/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322330
The Queen of Spades {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/3/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322370
The Queen of Spades {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/7/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322420
The Queen of Spades {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322460
The Queen of Spades {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322630
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {387}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1995
Debut: Peter McClintock
Review
[Met Performance] CID:322670
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {388}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322710
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {389}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322750  Opera News
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1995
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:322800
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1995
[Met Performance] CID:323890 
La Bohème {1031}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1996
Debuts: Roberto Alagna, William Shimell, Simone Young
[Met Performance] CID:323930
La Bohème {1032}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323970
La Bohème {1033}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1996
Debut: Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
[Met Performance] CID:324010
La Bohème {1034}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/1996
[Met Performance] CID:324050
La Bohème {1035}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/1996
[Met Performance] CID:324080
La Bohème {1036}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/1996
In a curtain speech before the performance, General Manager Joseph Volpe announced that the Mimì and Rodolfo, Gheorghiu and Alagna, had been married the previous night.
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:324090
James Levine Gala
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/1996
James Levine’s 25th Anniversary
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:330531
Lohengrin {601}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1998
Debut: Eva Urbanová
Review
[Met Performance] CID:331006
Lohengrin {606}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/30/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331015
Lohengrin {607}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/3/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331024
Lohengrin {608}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/6/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331036
Lohengrin {609}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/10/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331048
Lohengrin {610}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331060
Lohengrin {611}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331072
Lohengrin {612}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331351
Simon Boccanegra {117}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1999
Debut: Alexandru Agache
[Met Performance] CID:331363
Simon Boccanegra {118}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1999
[Met Performance] CID:331372
Simon Boccanegra {119}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1999
[Met Performance] CID:331387 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Simon Boccanegra {120}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1999
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:331411
Simon Boccanegra {122}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1999
[Met Performance] CID:333057
New Production
Fidelio {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/2000
Debuts: Eric Cutler, Jürgen Flimm, Florence von Gerkan
Review
[Met Performance] CID:333069
Fidelio {206}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333084
Fidelio {207}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333093
Fidelio {208}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333102 
Fidelio {209}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/2000
Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:333120
Fidelio {210}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/2/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333270
Fidelio {211}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333282
Fidelio {212}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333294
Fidelio {213}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333297
The Merry Widow {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2000
[Met Performance] CID:333303
Fidelio {214}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/3/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333312  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Fidelio {215}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/2001
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350045
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {399}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/2001
[Met Performance] CID:350046
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {400}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/01/2001
[Met Performance] CID:350047
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {401}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/05/2001
[Met Performance] CID:350048  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {402}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/08/2001
First Broadcast / Telecast sponsored by ChevronTexaco
[Met Performance] CID:350338
Elektra {89}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/25/2002
Debut: Marjana Lipovsek
[Met Performance] CID:350340
Elektra {90}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350349
Elektra {91}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/02/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350432
Elektra {92}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/05/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350449
Die Fledermaus {199}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350461
New Production
Jenufa {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/2003
Debuts: Kim Begley, Christopher Ventris, Olivier Tambosi, Frank Philipp Schlössmann
Review
[Met Performance] CID:350492
Jenufa {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/17/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350465
Jenufa {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350474 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Jenufa {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/2003
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350503
Jenufa {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350508
Jenufa {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/03/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350592
Jenufa {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/07/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350516
Jenufa {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/2003
Debuts: Josepha Gayer, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Rosalind Plowright, Carla Wood
[Met Performance] CID:350931 
New Production
Salome {143}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/2004
Debuts: Albert Dohmen, Vanessa Cariddi, John Easterlin
Review
[Met Performance] CID:350936
Salome {144}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/2004
[Met Performance] CID:350941
Salome {145}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/2004
[Met Performance] CID:350953 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Salome {146}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/2004
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350958
Salome {147}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/2004
[Met Performance] CID:350962
Salome {148}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/03/2004
Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:350970
Salome {150}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351109 
Kát’a Kabanová {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/2004
Debuts: Jirí Belohlávek, Jorma Silvasti
[Met Performance] CID:351113
Kát’a Kabanová {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351117 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Kát’a Kabanová {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/25/2004
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351120
Kát’a Kabanová {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351123
Kát’a Kabanová {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/01/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351466 
Fidelio {224}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351470
Fidelio {225}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351475
Fidelio {226}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351488
Fidelio {229}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/08/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351496 
Lohengrin {613}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/2006
Debut: Luana DeVol, Andrew Greenan
[Met Performance] CID:351500
Lohengrin {614}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351505
Lohengrin {615}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351510 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Lohengrin {616}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/29/2006
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351514
Lohengrin {617}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2006
Debut: Klaus Florian Vogt
[Met Performance] CID:351518
Lohengrin {618}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/06/2006
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351533  
Gala Celebration in honor of Joseph Volpe
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/20/2006
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:351819 
Jenufa {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2007
Debut: Michaela Martens
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:351827
Jenufa {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351835
Jenufa {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/06/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351844
Jenufa {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351852
Jenufa {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2007
Debut: Jay Hunter Morris
[Met Performance] CID:351860
Jenufa {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352319 
Manon Lescaut {208}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2008
Debut: Sean Panikkar
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352327
Manon Lescaut {209}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/01/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352334
Manon Lescaut {210}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352344
Manon Lescaut {211}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/09/2008
Debut: Erin Morley
[Met Performance] CID:352350
Manon Lescaut {212}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352355 
Manon Lescaut {213}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352369
Manon Lescaut {214}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352566 
Salome {151}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/23/2008
Debuts: Juha Uusitalo, Donovan Singletary
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352591
Salome {152}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/26/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352582
Salome {153}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/30/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352592
Salome {154}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/04/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352601
Salome {155}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/07/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352611 
Salome {156}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352622
Salome {157}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/16/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352840 
Eugene Onegin {129}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352843
Eugene Onegin {130}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352853
Eugene Onegin {131}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352861
Eugene Onegin {132}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/09/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352870 
Eugene Onegin {133}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352881
Eugene Onegin {134}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352890
Eugene Onegin {135}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353073 
New Production
Tosca {892}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/21/2009
Opening Night {125}
Debuts: Luc Bondy, Richard Peduzzi, Jonathan A. Makepeace
Broadcast/Streamed/Times Squarecast/Plazacast
[Met Performance] CID:353078
Tosca {893}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353082
Tosca {894}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353095
Tosca {895}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/03/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353098
Tosca {896}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/06/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353110 
Tosca {897}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/10/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353123
Tosca {899}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353868 
The Queen of Spades {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/2011
Debuts: Danielle Pastin, Dina Kuznetsova
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353879
The Queen of Spades {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353885
The Queen of Spades {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353889
The Queen of Spades {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353899 
The Queen of Spades {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354500 
The Makropulos Case {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/2012
Debuts: Emalie Savoy, Johan Reuter
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354509
The Makropulos Case {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2012
Debut: Christopher Feigum
[Met Performance] CID:354516
The Makropulos Case {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/05/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354524
The Makropulos Case {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/08/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354527
The Makropulos Case {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2012
[Met Performance] CID:356512
Jenufa {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/28/2016
Debuts: Clarissa Lyons, Sara Couden:
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356514
Jenufa {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/31/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356518
Jenufa {48}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/03/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356523
Jenufa {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/07/2016
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356527
Jenufa {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/12/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356533
Jenufa {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/17/2016
[Met Performance] CID:357226
Dialogues des Carmélites {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2019
Debut: Jean-Françroa Lapointe
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:357231
Dialogues des Carmélites {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/08/2019
[Met Performance] CID:357234 
Dialogues des Carmélites {60}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2019
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