BiographyGerman bass-baritone Markus Marquardt has established himself in recent years as a sought-after interpreter of both the Italian repertoire and the German Helden-Fach.
A long-standing ensemble member of Semper Oper Dresden his roles in 2023/24 include Sprecher/Die Zauberflöte, Peter Besenbinder/Hänsel und Gretel, Dulcamara/L’elisir d’amore as well as the role of Manrique, Graf von Lara in the world premiere of Detlef Glanert’s new opera Die Jüdin von Toledo.
Most recent appearances include his return to Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Wanderer/Siegfried, to Volksoper Wien for staged performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and to the Semperoper for his role debut as Alberich in Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Christian Thielemann, the title role in Nabucco and Colline/La Bohème. He also performed Beethoven‘s Symphony no 9 with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, gave his house debut as Amfortas/Parsifal at Opéra national de Paris, sang the title role in Der fliegende Holländer at National Opera Sofia and Volksoper Wien, Wotan/Die Walküre at Stadttheater Klagenfurt and in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
His most notable roles at Semperoper Dresden include the lead role Abram in the world premiere of Torsten Rasch’s Die andere Frau, Wotan/Das Rheingold and Wanderer/Siegfried, Nekrotzar/Le Grand Macabre, Dr. Schön/Lulu, Jochanaan/Salome, Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello/Don Giovanni, Giorgio Germont/La Traviata, Colline/La Bohème, Scarpia/Tosca, Alfio/Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio/I Pagliacci, Orest/Elektra, Peter/Hänsel und Gretel, Iago/Otello, Creon/Oedipus Rex, Sprecher/Die Zauberflöte, Don Pizarro/Fidelio and the title roles in Cardillac, Macbeth, Der Fliegende Holländer, Rigoletto and Mathis der Maler.
Elsewhere, Markus Marquardt has performed Don Fernando/Fidelio and Doktor/Wozzeck (Teatro alla Scala in Milan), Jochanaan/Salome (Staatsoper Wien, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Oper Köln), Scarpia/Tosca (Canadian Opera Company Toronto), Rigoletto, Nabucco, Holländer, Amfortas/Parsifal, Wanderer/Siegfried and Jochanaan/Salome (Staatsoper Stuttgart), Gurrelieder (De Nationale Opera Amsterdam), Jaroslav Prus/The Makropulos Case, Amonasro/Aida, Cardillac/Cardillac (Staatoper Wien), Amfortas/Parsifal (Opéra National du Rhin), Wotan/Die Walküre and Nabucco (Oper Leipzig), Gianni Schicchi/Gianni Schicchi (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Count Adorno in Schrecker’s Die Gezeichneten (Opéra de Lyon).
Markus Marquardt has worked with conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Jakob Hrůša, Marc Albrecht, Omer Meir Wellber, Sylvain Cambreling, Simone Young, Tomas Netopil, Cornelius Meister, Alexander Joel, Sebastian Weigle, Markus Poschner, Ulf Schirmer, Asher Fisch, Peter Schneider, Massimo Zanetti, Michael Boder and stage directors such as Peter Stein, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Stefan Herheim, Philipp Himmelmann, Peter Mussbach, Richard Jones, Johannes Schaaf, Tatjana Gürbaca, Calixto Bieto, Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito and Achim Freyer.
Markus Marquardt was born in Düsseldorf and studied at the Musikhochschule in his hometown.
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