Finnish soprano Karita Mattila will make her highly anticipated return to San Francisco Opera as Sieglinde in the Ring. Hailed by critics and audiences alike for her definitive style, Mattila is sure to deliver nuanced compassion layered in Sieglinde despite a life scarred with misfortune. Get to know the Finnish diva with three fascinating facts.
1. She's wowed San Francisco Opera audiences with the dramatic intensity of her performances.
Mattila has performed with San Francisco Opera in numerous productions since 1989. Most recently, she appeared as the Kostelnička in Jenůfa in summer 2016. Watch her compelling performance in this moving moment from the production.
2. She's recognized internationally for the beauty and versatility of her lyric soprano.
In addition to her work with San Francisco Opera, Mattila has thrilled audiences across the globe. She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg State Opera, the Finnish National Opera, the Bavaria State Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and at the 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.
3. She's receiving rave reviews from critics for her latest performances.
In a recent review of her performance in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Guardian raved, "She sings her monologues with passionate abandon...it is a glorious performance." Of her role debut as Sieglinde at Houston Grand Opera, critics further praised her, "A high-powered actress who takes the stage just by stepping onto it, Mattila's unfailing in her commitment and electric presence. She's the best part of this show." (Houston Press) Read more about Mattila's late career triumphs.