The Seven Deadly Sins by Opera North (photo: Clive Barda)
Login | Subscribers Area | Contact
18 September 2014
Karita Mattila Reviews

Ariadne auf Naxos

The Royal Opera

Vida de la vida y teatro en el teatro
16 Jul 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Dramatic performance from Karita Mattila (concert performance in Birmingham)
10 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
Sitcom meets Greek tragedy and burlesque
8 Jul 14 / Express
Karita Mattila is one of today's great Straussian voices and as the Prima Donna/Ariadne sets the bar high
8 Jul 14 / The Jewish Chronicle
A witty masterpiece in a witty, tasteful and entertaining production
8 Jul 14 / Musical Criticism
Karita Mattila's Ariadne gave this performance an ethereal grandeur
3 Jul 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Karita Mattila makes a thrilling role debut as Ariadne in the Royal Opera's latest revival of Strauss' opera
30 Jun 14 / What's on Stage
Wonderful singing and inspired conducting by Antonio Pappano make this an unforgettable evening
29 Jun 14 / Express
A triumph for Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, making her role debut as Ariadne
29 Jun 14 / The Observer
Karita Mattila has star quality (and voice) to spare in the title role
28 Jun 14 / Financial Times
An assured take on Strauss’s teasing amalgam of high-flown tragedy and ribald comedy
27 Jun 14 / Independent
Karita Mattila is glorious as Strauss's heroine
27 Jun 14 / The Guardian
Naxos capitulates, Mattila’s Ariadne reigns
27 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Karita Mattila brought Wagnerian breadth to Ariadne
27 Jun 14 / Classical Source
An entrancing evening, funny and moving by turns, and not to be missed
27 Jun 14 / The Stage
Two nymphs are the real revelation in this revival
27 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk


Finnish National Opera

Jenůfa premieres in Helsinki
11 Feb 14 / Seen and Heard


The Royal Opera

Only a partial success
16 Nov 13 / Musical Criticism
Alban Berg's groundbreaking opera still has the power to shock, 88 years on from its premiere
13 Nov 13 / Express
Simon no sabe nadar
9 Nov 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The latest revival of Berg's opera at the ROH is buoyed by a strong musical performance
7 Nov 13 / The Spectator
Simon Keenlyside presents a compelling portrait of a dehumanised, indeed lobotomised victim
5 Nov 13 / Evening Standard
A strong revival, with a moving Simon Keenlyside in the title role
4 Nov 13 / Financial Times
Simon Keenlyside was an introspective, soft-toned Wozzeck
4 Nov 13 / Music OMH
Berg's great opera confounds and dazzles
3 Nov 13 / The Observer
Karita Mattila Reviews & Articles


Finnish born Karita Mattila rose to fame by winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1983. She began her career as a lyric soprano, but now her voice seems capable of anything, from Mozart to Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Richard Strauss and Janacek.
Existing subscriber? Login here
Karita Mattila Articles

'It's never too late for a debut'

At 53, the great soprano Karita Mattila can still take her pick of the big parts. She explains why she's raring to play one of opera's great monsters.
25 Jun 2014 / The Guardian

Karita Mattila is ready to accept old ladies’ roles

The star soprano is making a return to the stage of the Finnish National Opera.
5 Sep 2012 / Helsingin Sanomat (Eng)

Mattila bows out from Met production

Karita Mattila, the Finnish soprano, has dropped out of a new production of Verdi’s “Ballo in Maschera” at the Metropolitan Opera planned for next season.
18 May 2012 / New York Times

Opera News awards go to Peter Sellars and four singers

The prestigious Opera News Awards went to the American theater whiz, Peter Sellars and to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anja Silja, Peter Mattei and Karita Mattila.
1 May 2012 / Wall Street Journal

Opera's drama queen

The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila brings extraordinary intensity to her operatic roles. But the emotions don't stop at the footlights.
26 Apr 2012 / Wall Street Journal

2011 Opera News Awards honorees announced

Recipients are sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, and director Peter Sellars.
3 Aug 2011 / Broadway World

Mattila leaves ‘Tosca’

The soprano Karita Mattila has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera’s spring performances of Puccini’s “Tosca,” with Patricia Racette taking over the role.
1 Apr 2010 / New York Times

Émilie is the work of two strong-willed women

Mono-drama staged by Kaija Saariaho and Karita Mattila leaves for European tour; Finnish audiences will have to wait.
3 Mar 2010 / Helsingin Sanomat (Eng)

San Francisco Opera announces 2010-11 season

The return of Domingo as Cyrano, Mattila in The Makropulos Case and the Ring Cycle in Summer 2011.
21 Jan 2010 / Musical Criticism

Soprano masters Czech list

Mattila brings her zest for life to 'Katya' role.
24 Nov 2009 / Chicago Sun-Times

Camilla Nylund, Salomé d’acier juvénile

Soprano lyrique trempé dans l’acier, la Finlandaise Camilla Nylund a sur Karita Mattila et Catherine Naglestad l’avantage de son expérience du rôle-titre, et plus encore d’un timbre aux reflets enfantins.
5 Nov 2009 / Altamusica

Cut the fluff. What makes Tosca tick?

In a fresh production of a Puccini classic at the Metropolitan Opera, the director Luc Bondy seeks to “create something believable.”
20 Sep 2009 / New York Times

Entrevista: Karita Mattila

"Si un director me pide que adelgace, lo hago"
22 Dec 2008 / El Pais

Karita Mattila

«Conozco bien a Mortier y le deseo buena suerte al Real»
17 Dec 2008 /

The BBC Proms 2008

Mattila and Terfel top and tail season and Rattle returns with the Berlin Philharmonic.
10 Apr 2008 / Musical Criticism
Future plans for Karita Mattila
Click on the symbol to display full details about this production.
Please bear in mind that Karita Mattila may not appear in all the performances listed. Refer to the Company website for further details.
Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos
Opéra national de Paris
22 Jan to 17 Feb 2015
Wagner: Die Walküre
Houston Grand Opera
18 Apr to 3 May 2015
Privacy Statement | Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
© 2013 The Opera Critic, PO Box 99826, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand