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Markus Werba

Baritone

Biography

Markus Werba in action.
Markus Werba as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte © ROH. Mark Douet 2015

Austrian baritone Markus Werba made his Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Harlequin and has since sung Mercurio (Cavalli’s La Calisto), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marcello (La bohème) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for The Royal Opera.

Werba was born in Kärnten and studied singing at Klagenfurt Conservatory and at the Vienna Musikuniversität. He began his career at the Vienna Volksoper. He is renowned worldwide for his interpretation of the Mozart baritone roles, particularly Papageno, which he has sung for companies including Vienna State Opera and for Salzburg Festival. He has sung Don Giovanni for companies including Zürich Opera and La Fenice, Venice. His other repertory includes Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Gabriel von Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Pelléas, Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Salzburg Festival and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for Vienna State Opera.

Werba is active as a concert singer and recitalist, with a particular interest in German Lieder. His recordings include a CD of Schubert, Schumann and Wolf songs recorded at the Wigmore Hall, Haydn’s Creation with Les Arts Florissants and two DVDs. He is a keen cook.

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

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