Since his opera début at the Salzburg Festival in 1997 Papageno, Matthias Goerne has appeared on principal opera stages in the world, among others, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal and Orest right up to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Bartóks Bluebeard, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and Aribert Reimann's Lear. Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous CD recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. He is currently recording a series of 11 CDs of selected Schubert songs (The Goerne/Schubert Edition) for Harmonia Mundi.
From 2001 through 2005 Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2001, Matthias Goerne was appointed Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Highlights in the 2011/12 season included a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival (Bluebeard with Seiji Ozawa) and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna and New York (Carnegie Hall).
In 2012/13, Matthias Goerne sang Wolfram at the Bavarian State Opera and Amfortas in concert version with the Teatro Real in Madrid. Concert highlights included appearances with the Orchestre de Paris (Bluebeard), Berlin Philharmonic (War Requiem), Leipzig Gewandhausorchester (Beethoven Nine), Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala (Mahler Lieder), San Francisco Symphony (Wagner arias) as well as song recitals with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and three Schubert cycles with Christoph Eschenbach at the Vienna Musikverein, among many others.