Cornelia Götz was born in Waiblingen next to Stuttgart (Germany). She studied with Christiane Hampe at the Karlsruhe High School of Music, with KS Ruthilde Boesch and at the Max Reinhardt Academy in Vienna as well as with Astrid Varnay at the Opera-Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Her vocal teacher within recent years was Martino Stamos Vogiatsis in Nurnberg. Cornelia Götz received awards from numerous vocal competitions in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna and Toulouse. She had her first permanent engagement with the Nürnberg Opera House and made her first guest appearances in Lübeck, Osnabrück, Mannheim and Vienna while already joining recordings for radio, TV and CD, numerous of those for the SWR Radio Baden-Baden.
Following a steady engagement with the Deutsche Oper Berlin she became a freelancing artist appearing frequently with numerous leading European opera companies: Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Cologne Opera, Leipzig Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Wiesbaden State Theatre, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Hannover State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Munich State Opera, and all three Berlin Opera Houses. She also performed with the Vienna Volksoper and State Opera, atLondon's Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in Antwerp, Rome, Parma and in Japanas well as within the Edinburgh Festival. Her most famous operatic roles are the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Konstanze and Blonde (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos),Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann) and Cunegonde (Bernstein's Candide). She sang recently her first Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Fiakermilli (Arabella). She is also equally established as a concert soloist and highly respected as an expert for the virtuous coloratura repertoire.
Mozart's Queen of the Night became the artist’s hallmark. She has been singing this role meanwhile in nearly 900 performances including her debut with the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in 2004, with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2005, with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 2006, with the Paris Opéra National in 2008, with the Vienna State Opera in 2012, with both London’s Royal Opera and English National Opera in 2013, at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Turin Mozart-Festival 2014 as well as with Palermo’s Teatro Massimo in 2015. Joining the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2007 she sang the role of Konstanze in Mozart'sAbduction from the Seraglio, a role she also performed recently at the Opéra de Montpellier and at the Dusseldorf Rhine Opera. Cornelia Götz has been frequently working with conductors like Philippe Auguin, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Jurowski, Yakov Kreizberg, James Levine, Cornelius Meister, Marc Minkowski, Marc Piollet, Jeremy Rhorer, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann, Sebastian Weigle and Lothar Zagrosek,.