Karita Mattila is recognized internationally for the beauty and versatility of her lyric voice, and for her extraordinary stage ability. 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. The soprano has recently sung Elsa, Leonore (Fidelio), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and the title roles of Kát’a Kabanová, Salome, Jenůfa, and Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera; Leonore and the title role of Arabella at the Chatelet in Paris; Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Leonore, Arabella at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 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. Born in Somero, Finland, Mattila and trained at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where her teacher was Liisa Linko-Malmio, and since 1984 she has been studying with Vera Rozsa.