Opera News wrote that Mattila recently opened a New York Metropolitan Opera season in Puccini's "Tosca," broadcast live to movie theaters worldwide in high definition.
This was the seventh year the magazine honoured opera stars. In addition to Mattila, awards were also presented to opera director Peter Sellars, the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, German soprano Anja Silja and baritone Peter Mattei.
Earlier recipients include Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa.
Opera News is published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild.