The Austrian baritone Markus Werba 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 and leading festivals, including La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna and the Bavarian State Operas, the Théâtre du Châtelet, Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as well as the Baden-Baden, Gergiev, Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2005 as Papageno and returned to sing Roberto (La finta giardiniera) and, in 2013, his first Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). His repertory also includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Guglielmo and Count Almaviva, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Marcello (La bohème), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande). Engagements of the 2013/14 season took him to Zurich for Don Giovanni, to the Theater an der Wien for Alfonso (Così fan tutte), to the Vienna State Opera for Papageno and to Covent Garden for both Marcello and Harlequin.
Markus Werba is also in demand internationally as a concert singer. He has worked with many renowned conductors such as Abbado, Tate, Bolton, Nagano, Muti, Conlon, Levine, Spinosi, Harnoncourt, Villaume, Iván Fischer, Gatti and Frühbeck de Burgos. He has given recitals in venues including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
In the 2014/15 season and beyond, his projects include Rodrigo (Don Carlos) at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and the Dresden State Opera, Papageno at the Met, Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera, Count Almaviva at the Edinburgh Festival as well as concerts with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Schubertiade.
Current as of August 2014