Finnish soprano Karita Mattila is recognized internationally for the beauty and versatility of her lyric voice and the dramatic intensity of her performances. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Ilia in the 1989 production of Idomeneo and subsequently has appeared with the Company as Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), in her role debut as Elsa (Lohengrin) and in the title roles of Kát’a Kabanová and Manon Lescaut. Her most recent appearance with the Company was as Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case in 2010. She has sung the title role of Jenůfa at the Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg State Opera, the Finnish National Opera and the Bavaria State Opera; Lisa (The Queen of Spades), Leonore (Fidelio), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Chrysothemis (Elektra) and the title roles of Salome and Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera; Elisabeth (Don Carlos) and the title role of Arabella at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Marie (Wozzeck) and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Engagements this season include Ariadne auf Naxos at Paris Opera; Sieglinde (Die Walküre) at Houston Grand Opera; and appearances in the San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven Festival.
In 2003 Mattila was honored by the French Minister of Culture as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She has won Grammy awards for her recordings of Jenůfa with Bernard Haitink on Erato and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Sir Georg Solti on the Decca label.