Matthias Goerne

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Matthias Goerne (born 1967) 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.

Several of his recordings have received prestigious awards. He is currently recording a series of selected Schubert songs, The Goerne/Schubert Edition on 11 CDs, for Harmonia Mundi.

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).

From 2012–2013, Matthias Goerne sings Wolfram at the Bavarian State Opera and Amfortas in concert with the Teatro Real in Madrid. Concert highlights include 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 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 30: Winterreise Franz Schubert; Matthias Goerne, Graham Johnson 2
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
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
2011 Requiem Gabriel 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

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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