The lyric beauty of her singing and innate sense of theatre have set Karita Mattila apart as one of the most sought-after dramatic sopranos in the world today.
In demand by every major opera house and festival, Karita Mattila performs with the world’s greatest conductors including Levine, Davis, Dohnányi, Haitink, Pappano, Rattle, and Salonen while outstanding collaborations with major stage directors to date include: Luc Bondy in his highly acclaimed Don Carlos, which she performed in Paris, London and at the Edinburgh International Festival; Lev Dodin in his productions of Elektra for the Salzburg Easter Festival and Pique Dame and Salome at Opéra national de Paris; Peter Stein for his Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg and Don Giovanni in Chicago; and Jürgen Flimm for his Fidelio at The Metropolitan Opera. Other critically acclaimed roles include Kostelnička (Jenůfa) with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and with San Francisco Opera under Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Sieglinde (Die Walküre) for Houston Grand Opera, Marie (Wozzeck) and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Emilia Marty in Janáček’s Věc Makropulos for The Metropolitan Opera, for Finnish national Opera and at the BBC Proms.
Current season highlights include Kostelnička (Jenufa) at The Metropolitan Opera conducted by David Robertson and at Bayerische Staatsoper under Tomáš Hanus, and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) also at Bayerische Staatsoper conducted by Oksana Lyniv. In recital she tours to Wigmore Hall, Wiener Staatsoper, and Opéra des Nations – Geneva. She makes guest appearances with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck and with WDR Sinfonieorchester under Jukka-Pekka Saraste in her signature Sibelius repertoire, and she performs Act I of Die Walküre with Jonas Kaufmann, Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra.