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Karita Mattila

Soprano

Biography

Karita Mattila in action.
Karita Mattila in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Finnish soprano Karita Mattila made her Royal Opera debut in 1986 as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Musetta (La bohème), Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlos), Elsa (Lohengrin), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Chrysothemis (Elektra), the title roles in Jenůfa and Arabella, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonore (Fidelio), Marie (Wozzeck and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera.

Mattila studied singing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and came to international attention when she won the 1983 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She began her career specialized in Mozart roles and has since expanded her repertory to include roles by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Puccini and Janáček, with engagements including Liza at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Jenůfa for Bavarian State Opera and Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Affair) in Helsinki.

Mattila is an active concert singer and recitalist, performing regularly throughout Europe with leading orchestras and accompanists, in repertory ranging from Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder to contemporary Finnish songs. Her many recordings include an acclaimed disc of Jenůfa recorded at the Royal Opera House, CDs of arias and orchestral songs, and many opera DVDs. Her awards include Musical America’s Musician of the Year. She is a Chevalier des arts et des letters.

News and features

Your reaction: Ariadne auf Naxos

Your reaction: Ariadne auf Naxos

26 June 2014

What did you think of Christof Loy's production of Richard Strauss's tragi-comedic opera?

Listen: Karita Mattila - 'It's never too late for a debut!'

Listen: Karita Mattila - 'It's never too late for a debut!'

20 June 2014

The Finnish soprano tells BBC Radio 3 about the challenges of needing two voices in Ariadne auf Naxos, and hints at future plans.

Karita Mattila: Our favourite clips

Karita Mattila: Our favourite clips

29 April 2014

In preparation for the Finnish soprano's performances as Ariadne auf Naxos, we look over some of her finest YouTube moments.

Your reaction: Wozzeck

Your reaction: Wozzeck

1 November 2013

What did you think of Keith Warner's production of Alban Berg's dark and tragic opera?

BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts confirmed for Autumn/Winter 2013/14

BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts confirmed for Autumn/Winter 2013/14

30 August 2013

Seven Royal Opera performances starring Simon Keenlyside, Karita Mattila, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann and others. 



Photos

Karita Mattila © Lauri Eriksson

Roberto Saccà as Bacchus and Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Saccà as Bacchus and Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Karita Mattila as Ariadne and Roberto Saccà as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Karita Mattila in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Kiandra Howarth as Echo, Wynne Evans as Scaramuccio, Paul Schweinester as Brighella, Karita Mattila as Ariadne, Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta and Jeremy White as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta and Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Christoph Quest as Major Domo and Karita Mattila as Ariadne auf Naxos in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Karita Mattila as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Karita Mattila as Marie, Endrik Wottrich as Drum Major and Sebastian Wright as the Child in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Karita Mattila as Marie and Sebastian Wright as the Child in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Karita Mattila