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“Mattila’s voice has a seductive, mellow maturity to it, all round edges, velvet undertones and ultra creamy legato. It has the earthy warmth of a mezzo but an upper register that still soars. Most striking was her ability to shape endlessly long lines: the breath control was stunning.” —_The Guardian _
“Karita Mattila is a glorious singer whose thrilling, no-holds-barred commitment to her music makes her a singularly compelling and beloved artist. Audiences everywhere adore Karita Mattila because she gives her all at every performance.” —_Opera News _


Karita Mattila is one of today’s most exciting lyric dramatic sopranos. She is recognised as much for the beauty and versatility of her voice as for her extraordinary stage ability. A native of Finland, Karita 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 in all the world’s major opera houses and festivals and has performed with the world’s greatest conductors including Levine, Abbado, Davis, Dohnanyi, Haitink, Pappano, Rattle, Salonen and Sawallisch.

Her operatic repertoire encompasses works by Beethoven, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Janácek. Karita 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 de Chatelet _by Kaija Saariaho at the Opéra National de Lyon.

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; and _Jenufa 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.

Recent highlights include the title role of Janácek’s_ Katya Kabanova_ at the Lyric Opera Chicago, Lisa in Pique Dame at the Metropolitan Opera, The Makropoulos Case at San Francisco Opera, and concert appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Throughout her distinguished career, Karita Mattila has won numerous awards. Most importantly, she was named Musical America’s Musician of the Year, one of the most prestigious honours paid to classical artists in the USA, and she has been awarded one of France’s highest cultural honours, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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