Edith Mathis was born in Lucerne and studied at the local conservatory. She became a four-year ensemble member of the Cologne Opera following her first stage experiences in Switzerland. Mathis performed as a guest at the Hamburg State Opera House, the German Opera House Berlin, The Bavarian State Opera House Munich and participated at the Glyndebourne Festival and annually at the Salzburg Festival. Other leading opera houses where she performed include: the Metropolitan Opera New York, Covent Garden Opera London, the Viennese State Opera House, Opéra de Paris and others.
Besides her opera appearances (from lyrical soprano to lyrical spinto soprano) she also entertained a world-wide audience as a lieder and oratorio singer. LP recordings of her complete repertoire exist under the DGG, EMI, Philips etc. labels.
Accolades include Mozart Medal from the International Foundation Mozarteum Salzburg, the Hans-Reinhart-Ring of the Swiss Society for Theatrical Culture, the Art Prize offered by the city of Lucerne, Buxtehude Prize of the 'Lübecker Senats' and the 'Prix Mondial du Disque' (Montreux). She has been a Bavarian chamber singer since 1980.
Edith Mathis is professor for lieder and oratorio preparation at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.