Austrian baritone Markus Butter makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Gunther (Götterdämmerung).
Butter began his singing career as a child in the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and went on to study singing at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz. He was a member of the Bavarian State Opera (1999–2001) and of Deutsche Oper am Rhein (2001–5). He subsequently spent several seasons as a member of Dresden State Opera, where his roles have included Melisso (Alcina), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno and Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Marcello (La bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Peter (Hänsel und Gretel). He is currently a member of Oper Graz, where his roles have included Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Escamillo (Carmen), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Dr Vigelius/Count (Der ferne Klang), Eugene Onegin, Priest Fotis (The Greek Passion) and the title role in Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero. For Theater an der Wien has sung 20th-century and contemporary roles including Rittmeister/Beichtvater (HK Gruber’s Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald, also Bregenz Festival), Count Almaviva (La Mère coupable), Tiger Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper) and Prediger (Der Besuch der alten Damen).
Butter also sings in concert with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, working with conductors including Harding, Harnoncourt, Hengelbrock, Järvi, Luisi and Rilling. In 2014, he sang in the world premiere of Maxwell Davies’s Symphony no.10 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Antonio Pappano.