At the end of 1997, Matthias Goerne was a guest for the first time in a concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker: together with Alfred Brendel, he performed Schubert’s [Winterreise], of which the duo also made a legendary recording. Since then, the baritone, who is one of the most sought-after singers in his field, has also appeared regularly in orchestral concerts.
Matthias Goerne, who studied under Hans-Joachim Beyer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, is not only a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, but also appears at prestigious concert halls and festivals all over the world. He was Artist in Residence at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with almost all the major conductors and orchestras in Europe, America and Asia. Since his musical theatre debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, the baritone has performed at major opera houses including Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Semperoper, the Royal Opera House, the Opéra National de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera New York. His carefully selected roles range from Wagner and Strauss to the title roles in Béla Bartók’s [Bluebeard’s Castle], Paul Hindemith’s [Mathis der Maler] and Alban Berg’s [Wozzeck]. Goerne has also earned the highest international recognition for his commitment to German art song from Schubert and Brahms to Berg and Eisler. In 2017 he was awarded the Echo Klassik as Singer of the Year. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and an ambassador of Kunstfest Weimar.