Matthias Goerne

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Matthias Goerne (born March 31, 1967, Weimar) is a German baritone.

Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Since his opera début at the Salzburg Festival in 1997 (Papageno), Matthias Goerne has appeared on opera stages worldwide, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Kurwenal (Tristan) and Orest (Electra) right up to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and Reimann's Lear.

From 2001 through 2005, Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Highlights of the 2011/12 season included a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival (Bluebeard with Seiji Ozawa) and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach, and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna and New York (Carnegie Hall).

In the late 2000s to 2014, he recorded a series of selected Schubert songs, The Goerne/Schubert Edition on 9 CDs, for Harmonia Mundi. The last volume, published in December 2014, received highest ratings in BBC Music printed magazine and a Diapason d'Or. His recording of Hanns Eisler lieder was awarded, the same year, a Diapason d'Or de l'Année.

From 2012–2013, Matthias Goerne sang Wolfram at the Bavarian State Opera and Amfortas in concert with the Teatro Real in Madrid. Concert highlights included appearances with the Orchestre de Paris (Bluebeard), Berlin Philharmonic (War Requiem), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala (Mahler Lieder), Israel Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony (Wagner arias) as well as song recitals with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Schubert cycles with Christoph Eschenbach at the Vienna Musikverein.

He is a recipient of the Wigmore Hall, London, medal.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 27: Schubert & the Schlegels Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Graham Johnson 1
1997 Die Vögel Braunfels; Kwon, Wottrich, Kraus, Holzmair, Görne, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lothar Zagrosek 1
1997 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 30: Winterreise Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Graham Johnson 2
1998 Dichterliebe / Liederkreis, op. 24 Schumann; Matthias Goerne, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1998 The Hollywood Songbook Eisler; Matthias Goerne, Eric Schneider 1
1999 Bach Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Matthias Goerne, Sir Roger Norrington 3 1
2000 Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christoph Prégardien, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink, Elisabeth von Magnus, Michael Schade, Markus Schäfer, Dietrich Henschel, Oliver Widmer, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 3
2002 Des Knaben Wunderhorn Gustav Mahler; Bonney, Goerne, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly 1
2006 Lyrische Symphonie, op. 18 Alexander Zemlinsky; Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach 2
2008 Sehnsucht Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Elisabeth Leonskaja 1
2008 An mein Herz / Lieder Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Helmut Deutsch, Eric Schneider 1
2009 Heliopolis Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Ingo Metzmacher 1
2010 Violin and Voice Bach; Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer 2
2010 Strauss: Elektra Strauss; Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Angela Denoke, Dame Felicity Palmer, Matthias Goerne, London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2011 Nacht und Träume Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Alexander Schmalcz 1
2011 Requiem Fauré; Philippe Jaroussky, Matthias Goerne, Eric Picard, Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi 1
2013 Schubert Edition Vol. 7: Erlkönig Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Andreas Haefliger 1
2014 Winterreise Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach 1
2016 String Quintet / Lieder Schubert; Quatuor Ébène, Gautier Capuçon, Matthias Goerne 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Winterreise Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Alfred Brendel 1
2005 Schubert: Schwanengesang / Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte Schubert, Beethoven; Matthias Goerne, Alfred Brendel 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Lieder - Goethe Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne 1

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