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Vocalists : Sopranos
© xBiography :
The admired Swiss soprano, Edith Mathis, received her musical training at the Lucerne Conservatory, and from Elisabeth Bosshart in Zürich.
In 1956 Edith Mathis made her operatic debut as the 2nd boy in Die Zauberflöte in Lucerne. Her first stage experience was gained in Lucerne and Zürich, and soon afterwards she joined Cologne Opera (1959). During this period she also appeared as guest artist at the Hamburg State Opera (1960-1975), at Glyndebourne Festival (1962-1965; as Cherubino and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier) and at the Salzburg Festival (debut in 1960, in concert). In 1963 she became a member of Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and has since sung in most of the leading opera houses of the world, including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London (1970-1972, as Mozart's Susanna and Despina), the Metropolitan Opera in New York (debut in 1970, as Pamina in Zauberflöte; returned to New York as Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Sophie, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni), the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Opéra de Paris. Her roles include also Ninetta in La Finte Semplice (Salzburg), L.v. Beethoven's Marzelline, Debussy's Mélisande, Verdi's Nannetta and Mozart's Aminta; Mozart's Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro; Weber's Agathe in Der Freischütz, R. Strauss' Arabella and Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. She sang in the premieres of Henze's Der jung Lord (Berlin, 1965) and Sutermeister's Le Roi Berénger (Munich 1985). In 1956 she appeared in the title role in the revival of the opera Massimilla Doni in Berne and Zürich as part of Otmar Schoeck’s 70th birthday celebrations, followed by a recording conducted by Gerd Albrecht. In 1986 she appeared in Barcelona as Agathe, and in 1990 made her debut at the Berne City Opera as the Marschallin.
Alongside her operatic career, Edith Mathis also has an extensive Lieder and oratorio repertory and her many concert appearances have included tours to Japan, the USA, Australia, Russia and Israel. She has received numerous awards for her work on the operatic stage, in the concert hall and in the recording studio, including the Mozart Medal from the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Hans-Reinhard-Ring from the Swiss Society for Theatre, the Arts Prize from the city of Lucerne, the Buxtehude Prize from the Lübeck Senate, and the Prix Mondial du Disque. She has been a Bayerische Kammersängerin since 1979.
Edith Mathis is married with the conductor and pianist Bernhard Klee, with whom she has often appeared in recitals. She now lives in Switzerland. In recent years she has become a sought-after teacher. Among the singers who were her pupils or took part in her master-classes: sopranos Donna Brown, Sibylla Rubens, Maria Regina Heyne, Claudia Patacca, Brigitte Geller, Annette Labusch, tenor Jörg Dürmüller, and many others.