Cornelia Götz was born in Waiblingen near Stuttgart and studied at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, in Vienna and with Astrid Varnay at the opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
After her steady engagement at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cornelia Götz has worked as freelance artist, giving guest performances regularly at many of the leading European opera houses.
Her most popular roles are the Königin der Nacht of Mozart( became her speciality, she has sung this role now for more than 800 times), Konstanze and Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann), and Cunegonde (Candide), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare). Moreover, she is a highly demanded concert performer and renowned for being a specialist of the virtuosic coloratura repertoire.
Cornelia Götz works in tight collaboration with conductors such as Philippe Auguin, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Marc Minkowski, Marc Piollet, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann, Sebastian Weigle and Lothar Zagrosek.