Austrian baritone Markus Werba was born in Villach and studied at the Klagenfurt Conservatory and the Vienna Music University with Ralf Doring. Furthermore he had lessons with Robert Holl and Walter Berry and continues to work with Gerhard Kahry. He has been rewarded with first prizes at numerous international competitions.
Despite his relative youth he has already established a remarkable career and has performed at the world’s finest opera houses, including La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna and the Bavarian State Operas, Los Angeles Opera, Opéra de Lyon, the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
His repertoire includes the title roles in Don Giovanni and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo, Count Almaviva and Papageno, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande). He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2005 as Papageno and has returned to sing Roberto in La finta giardiniera, among other roles. He makes his role debut as Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at this year’s Salzburg Festival.
Engagements of the 2012/13 season include Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Papageno at the Vienna State Opera and Don Giovanni in Turin, Zurich and Venice. Future engagements will take him to Munich as Mercurio in La Calisto and to the Royal Opera House as Marcello (La bohème) and Harlequin.
Markus Werba is also in demand internationally as a concert singer. In opera and concert he has worked with many renowned conductors such as Abbado, Tate, Bolton, Nagano, Muti, Conlon, Levine, Spinosi, Harnoncourt, Pinnock, Antonini, Villaume, Iván Fischer and Frühbeck de Burgos. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and St Martin in the Fields in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and for the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
Current as of summer 2013