Edith Mathis

Edith Mathis ( born February 11, 1938 in Lucerne ) is a Swiss soprano and university professor. It was considered one of the most prominent Mozart performers of her time.


Edith Mathis studied at the conservatories of Lucerne and Zurich ( with Elisabeth Bossart ). Her first stage experience she gained in her hometown. There she gave her debut in 1957 as a second boy in Mozart's Magic Flute. From 1959 to 1963, the young soprano was four years member of the ensemble of the opera house in Cologne, in 1963, the Deutsche Oper Berlin. At the same time led Edith Mathis guest performances at the Hamburg State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and again at the Salzburg Festival. Other important stages of her life were: Covent Garden London, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Vienna State Opera, Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra de Paris. Particular highlights of her artistic career was her participation in the premieres of operas Torn Apart by Gottfried von Einem on 17 September 1964 at the Hamburg State Opera, The Young Lord by Hans Werner Henze on April 7, 1965 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin house and help, the Globo links by Gian Carlo Menotti on 21 December 1968, the Hamburg State Opera.

Edith Mathis ' repertoire ranged from the light lyric roles of Mozart ( Despina, Cherubino, Susanna, Zerlina ) to the young subject ( Agathe / Der Freischütz, Marschallin / Der Rosenkavalier, Contessa / The Marriage of Figaro ). She sang under Herbert von Karajan, Karl Bohm and Karl Richter some of their most prestigious recording Recordings ( DGG, EMI, Philips, etc.). Both her ​​Annie in Freischütz and their Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro deemed to scale. Even as an art song and oratorio singer Edith Mathis made ​​a name. Especially at the heart of her lay the sacred music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Your presentation impresses with musical expressiveness and vocal beauty.

Since 1991, Edith Mathis, who was appointed in 1979 to the Bavarian Chamber Singer, Professor of Lieder and oratorio Interpretation at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2001 she retired from the stage. She leads numerous master classes in Europe, Japan, Korea, Canada and the United States. One of her students is Diana Damrau.

Edith Mathis was married for a long time with the conductor Bernhard Klee.


  • Hans Reinhart Ring (1978 )
  • Mozart Medal of the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg (1976 )
  • Art Prize of the City of Lucerne
  • Buxtehude Award of Lübeck Senate (1981 )
  • Prix ​​Mondial du Disque ( Montreux )
  • 1980 Bavarian Kammersängerin


  • Schumann & Brahms songs
  • Songs Mozart Schumann
  • Franz Schubert songs
  • Mozart 's Exsultate, Jubilate
  • Exsultate, Jubilate Sacred Arias for Soprano
  • Requiem, Mozart
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Soprano soloist in various cantatas: " 75 cantatas, Munich Bach Choir, Munich Bach Orchestra, conductor: Karl Richter, Polydor 1959-1979 "