Photo: Richard Avedon, from Karita Mattila's web site.
As the Finnish soprano is praised for her performance of Manon Lescaut, now playing in San Francisco, here are a few extracts from YouTube to (re)discover her: Beethoven, Fidelio, Abscheulicher!... Komm Hoffnung, MET 2000 here. Wagner, Lohengrin, Act 1, Paris Bastille 1996 here. Puccini, Tosca, Vissi d'Arte, French TV (Jacques Martin sure rings a bell to all the French readers!) 1997, here. Richard Strauss, Arabella, Aber der Richtige, Paris Chatelet 2002, with Barbara Bonney here. On the SF Opera page, here, you can find video and audio extracts.