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Karita Mattila, soprano


Karita Mattila

The lyrical beauty of Karita Mattila’s voice and her innate sense of theatre have set her apart as one of the most sought-after operatic sopranos in the world today. 

In demand by every major opera house, new roles this season include Herodias (Salome) in Lydia Steier’s new production for Opéra national de Paris under Simone Young; and for the Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus; and her anticipated debut as Strauss’ Klytämnestra (Elektra) under Sir Donald Runnicles at the Deutsche Opera, Berlin. 

Other recent outstanding performances in her remarkable career include a triumphant return to the Salzburg Festival as La zia principessa (Suor Angelica) in Christof Loy’s new staging of Il trittico and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst; Poulenc’s La voix humaine staged especially for her by Finnish National Opera under Dalia Stasevaska; and in Glaus Guth’s award-winning production of Jenůfa for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden – all of which were internationally streamed and broadcast. 

Of her many iconic roles, Janáček’s Emilia Marty (Věc Makropulos) has been acclaimed worldwide including at San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Finnish National Opera and at the BBC Proms; Sieglinde (Die Walküre) at Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera, Marie (Wozzeck) at the Royal Opera House, and Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmelites) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Metropolitan Opera in a performance broadcast worldwide in the Live in HD series.