(Born September 5, 1960)
Karita Mattila is a leading Finnish born opera soprano.
In 1983 she won the first Cardiff Singer Of the World competition and continued vocal studies in London.
Today she enjoys a stellar career and regularly appears in major opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera in London, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Bastille, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg and others.
She debuted in London in 1985 with the Royal Opera playing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
In 1988 she played Emma in the first ever televised production of Schubert's Fierrabras from the Vienna State Opera and made her Met debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.
This was followed in 1994 when she debuted in Madrid, Spain as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
In 1996 Paris debuts in Wagner's Lohengrin and Verdi's Don Carlos followed with an Arabella in Paris in 2002.
She won Grammys Awards for "Best Opera Recordings" (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in 1998 and Jenůfa, in 2004.
Since then accolades and major performances have continued to flow.
Salome in Paris in 2003 was an important production for her and in 2008 she was to repeat the role in a new updated production at the Met which was broadcast around the world in HD.
Also in 2008 she was Manon Lescaut in the Met's HD broadcast as part of their HD programme.
Similarly she starred in their HD broadcast of Tosca in 2009.
Karita Mattila is much in demand in the opera houses around the world today and is recognised as one of the worlds current leading opera sopranos.