Karita Mattila is Salomé
Conversation with Finnish soprano Karita Mattila who sings Richard Strauss's Salomé at the Bastille Opera, and who accomplishes a truly physical and vocal performance in the role of Herodias's daughter.
Born in Finland in 1960, she studied singing in Helsinki, then in London. She started in 1966 in Covent Garden, London, where she sang the roles of soprano and Mozart operas. Then she appeared on the biggest stages of the world with a wide-ranging repertoire (Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Strauss then Janacek and Puccini). She also sang Lied. She was directed by the biggest names, Colin Davies, Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta. With her warm and powerful voice, her supreme high notes, her energy, her attention to texts, her capacity to incarnate the characters, Karita Mattila is one of the most noted sopranos of current times, as her many recordings show.