On November 7th, Matthias Goerne and Jan Lisiecki will be guests with a recital at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The program includes songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, with the six songs based on Christian Fürchtegott Gellert and “An die ferne Geliebte” two cycles. In March of this year, Matthias Goerne and Lisiecki released a joint album with these and other Beethoven songs on Deutsche Grammophon, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or in July.
The German baritone Matthias Goerne studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He sings regularly at major opera stages around the world, including the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The spectrum of his roles ranges from major Wagner and Strauss roles to the title roles in Bartók’s HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG, Hindemith’s MATHIS DER MALER, and Berg’s WOZZECK. Matthias Goerne has earned the highest reputation as an ambassador for the German art song and the Weimar art festival. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Matthias Goerne was artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic in the 2018-2019 season, and sprent the previous season at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Matthias Goerne’s artistic activity is documented in numerous award-winning recordings (including the Grammy Award, the German Record Critics’ Award, ICMA Award 2014, Diapason d’or, Gramophone Award, and BBC Music Magazine Award). Most recently, recordings were released of Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen” (as Wotan) with Jaap van Zweden, Schubert lieder with the Quatuor Ebène, and Mahler lieder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Matthias Goerne was awarded the ECHO Klassik as “Singer of the Year”.
At the age of 25, the Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki already plays over a hundred concerts every year on the world’s major stages and works closely with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Daniel Harding. Re-invitations have recently led to performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Jan Lisiecki has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 15 he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. On his sixth album for the label, he directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano for all five Beethoven piano concerti. The label opened Beethoven-Jahr 2020 with a live recording from the Konzerthaus Berlin. In 2012, UNICEF appointed Jan Lisiecki as ambassador for Canada.