Russian baritone Alexey Markov makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Escamillo (Carmen).
Markov grew up in Vyborg and began his career as a member of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. He went on to win the Rimsky-Korsakov and Obraztsova vocal competitions, and second prize in the Dresden Bel Canto Competition. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Mariinsky Theatre, where his roles have included Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Germont (La traviata), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Rodrigo (Don Carlos), Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino), Iago (Otello), Scarpia (Tosca), Eugene Onegin, Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Robert (Iolanta), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride), Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya), Prince Andrey Bolkonsky (War and Peace), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Valentin (Faust) and Escamillo.
Engagements elsewhere include Bolkonsky, Robert, Germont, Luna, Count Anckarström (Un ballo in maschera), Valentin, Marcello (La bohème) and Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Valentin for Salzburg Festival, Count Anckarström, Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) and Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) for Zürich Opera, Eugene Onegin and Prince Yeletsky for Lyon Opera, Luna and Germont for Bavarian State Opera, Tomsky for Dutch National Opera and Marcello for San Francisco Opera.