Celebrated around the globe for his opera and concert performances, German baritone Matthias Goerne is a frequent guest with leading orchestras and renowned festivals and concert halls. Among his musical partners are conductors of the first rank such as Claudio Abbado(†), Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons(†), Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Franz Welser-Möst.

Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, and the Vienna State Opera. His carefully chosen roles range from Amfortas, Marke, Wolfram, Wotan, Orest, and Jochanaan to the title roles in Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.

Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received rave reviews and prestigious awards, including five Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, Diapason d’or arte, and the ECHO Klassik 2017 in the category „singer of the year“. In 2019, three recordings have been released: The Brahms Requiem with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in a William Kentridge production at the Salzburg Festival, and an album of songs by Robert Schumann with Leif Ove Andsnes. In the past two years, he has released three albums with Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven Songs with Jan Lisiecki; a collection of Wagner, Strauss and Pfitzner Songs with Seong-Jin Cho and his new album of Schumann and Brahms Songs with Daniil Trifonov. He is featured as Wotan on the Naxos release of the entire Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and conductor Jaap van Zweden.

In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. A native of Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

 In the 2017/18 season, Matthias Goerne was artist of residence at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and The New York Philharmonic named him as Artist-in-Residence for their 2018/19 season.


Highlights of the 2021/22 season include concerts with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestre National de France under Cristian Măcelaru, with Israel Philharmonic under Lahav Shani, with Boston Symphony under Antonio Pappano, and with the Munich Philharmonic under Paavo Järvi.

He has given a series of three concerts devoted to the works of Hanns Eisler at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

At the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden Goerne has sung the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and at the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona the title role in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach, Seong-Jin Cho, Markus Hinterhäuser, Alexandre Kantorow and Daniil Trifonov lead him to Amsterdam, Athens, Hamburg, Essen, Leipzig, Madrid, Paris, Monte Carlo, Moscow, St Petersburg, and San Francisco.

In the summer, he will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, at the Ravinia Festival and at the Salzburger Festspiele.


Matthias Goerne is represented worldwide in General Management by Tanja Dorn and Michael Kocyan at Dorn Music.

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April 2022

Website: www.matthiasgoerne.org 


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Matthias Goerne, baritone and Mariss Jansons, conductor, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Mahler, ‘Urlicht’

Matthias Goerne, baritone, Jan Lisiecki, piano, Beethoven ‘Der Leibende’ WoO 139
for Duetsche Grammophon, Beethoven Lieder | Songs, 2020

Matthias Goerne, baritone, Manfred Honeck, conductor, Berlin Philharmonic | Schubert: “An Sylvia”

Title: Lieder • Songs
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Other Artists: Jan Lisiecki, piano
Released: 2020
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Title: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Other Artists: Christiane Karg, soprano; Daniel Harding, conductor; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir
Released: 2019
Label: harmonia mundi

Title: Liederkreis, Op. 24, Kerner-Lieder
Composer: Robert Schumann
Other Artists: Lief Ove Andsnes, piano
Released: 2019
Label: harmonia mundi

Title: The Wagner Project
Composer: Richard Wagner
Other Artists: Daniel Harding, conductor; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Released: 2017
Label: harmonia mundi

Title: Einsamkeit • Lieder
Composer: Robert Schumann
Other Artists: Markus Hinterhäuser, piano
Released: 2017
Label: harmonia mundi

Title: Cantatas for Bass
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Other Artists: Gottfried von der Goltz, conductor; Freiburger Barokorchester
Released: 2017
Label: harmonia mundi

Title: Siegfried
Role: Wotan
Composer: Richard Wagner
Other Artists: Simon O’Niel, David Cangelosi, Werner Van Mechelen, Heidi Melton, Jaap van Zweden, conductor; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Released: 2017
Label: Naxos

Title: Die Walküre
Role: Wotan
Composer: Richard Wagner
Other Artists: Michelle de Young, Stuart Skelton, Heidi Melton, Petra Lang; Jaap van Zweden, conductor; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Released: 2016
Label: Naxos

Title: Das Rheingold
Role: Wotan
Composer: Richard Wagner
Other Artists: Michelle de Young; Jaap van Zweden, conductor; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Released: 2015
Label: Naxos

Michael Kocyan

General Manager Matthias Goerne

Phone: +49 (0) 511 13 222 473
Email: kocyan@dornmusic.com

Tanja Dorn

Owner & President
Phone: +49 (0) 511 13 222 475
Email: dorn@dornmusic.com