2017–18 Season: Sieglinde in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Soprano Karita Mattila made her San Francisco Opera debut as Ilia in the 1989 production of Idomeneo and subsequently has appeared with the Company as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, in role debuts as Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case and Elsa in Lohengrin, and in the title roles of Kát’a Kabanová and Manon Lescaut. Her most recent appearance with the Company was in summer 2016 as the Kostelnička in Jenůfa, which she has reprised at the Metropolitan Opera and Bavarian State Opera. She has also sung Sieglinde at Houston Grand Opera; the title role of Jenůfa at the Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Finnish National Opera, and Bavarian State Opera; Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Leonore in Fidelio, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Chrysothemis in Elektra, and the title roles of Salome and Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera; Elisabeth in Don Carlos and the title role of Arabella at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Marie in Wozzeck, and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Leokadja Begbick in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Zurich Opera House. Upcoming engagements include the Kostelnička at Bavarian State Opera, the Foreign Princess in Rusalka at Opéra Bastille, and Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera.