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Karita Mattila is RPS Singer of the Year

10 May 2017

Karita Mattila has been awarded the RPS Music Award in the Singer category at the awards ceremony on 9 May in London.

Commenting upon the decision, the Royal Philharmonic Society said: "It's a cliché of judges deliberating awards to announce that a field crowded with excellence made their decision hard to make. However, they finally decided to honour a singer, who in two unforgettable concert performances held huge audiences at both the Royal Festival Hall and the Proms spellbound through the nakedly communicative power of her vocal and dramatic artistry. For her unforgettable incarnations of both the Kostelnicka in Jenůfa and Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case, the award goes to the astounding Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.”

Currently on tour in Europe performing recitals with pianist Ville Matvejeff, Karita Mattila just gave a “fabulous and fearless” (The Guardian) performance at London’s Wigmore Hall and will give further recitals at Opéra national du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opernhaus Zürich, Grande Auditório Calouste Gulbenkian and the Wiener Staatsoper. This summer she returns to Bayerische Staatsoper to reprise Jenůfa as part of their summer festival, Opernfestspiele.