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Karita Mattila is one of the most sought-after operatic sopranos in the world today. Her previous roles at HGO include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (1988 and 1990), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (1991), the title role in Manon Lescaut (2006), Leonore in Fidelio (2011), and Sieglinde in Die Walkure (2015). Her 2022-23 season also includes the role of Herodias in Salome at Opéra national de Paris and the Canadian Opera Company and her anticipated role debut as Klytämnestra in Strauss’s Elektra at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Recent performances include a triumphant return to the Salzburg Festival as La zia principessa in Suor Angelica; Poulenc’s La voix humaine at Finnish National Opera; and Kostelnička in Jenůfa at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden—all of which were internationally streamed and broadcast. Her many iconic roles include Emilia Marty in Janáček’s Věc Makropulos (San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Finnish National Opera, and at the BBC Proms); Sieglinde in Die Walküre (HGO, San Francisco Opera); Marie in Wozzeck (the Royal Opera House); and Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites (the Metropolitan Opera, in a performance broadcast worldwide in the Live in HD series). Mattila is the winner of two Grammy Awards, for her recordings of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Sir George Solti (1998) and Jenůfa under Bernard Haitink (2004). She was named Musical America’s Musician of the Year and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. She received the Order of the Lion of Finland, First Class Commander in 2020.


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