German baritone Markus Eiche makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Donner (Das Rheingold).
Eiche initially studied electrical engineering, while also studying singing at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and was a major prize-winner in the 1998 Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona. After some years at the National Theatre Mannheim (2001–7) he became a member of Vienna State Opera (2007–10). Since 2011 he has held residential contracts with both Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera. His repertory for these companies includes Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Herald (Lohengrin), Donner (Rheingold), Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) Music Master and Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Count (Capriccio). His repertory also includes French and Italian roles such as Valentin (Faust), Lescaut (Manon and Manon Lescaut), Albert (Werther), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), Marcello (La Bohème) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Russian roles including Prince Yeletksy (The Queen of Spades) and Eugene Onegin. Eiche has sung Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Wolfram, Donner and Gunther for Bayreuth Festival and appeared with Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Milan, and the Liceu, Barcelona, among others.
Eiche also sings widely in concert, in repertory including Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and works by Reimann, Dallapiccola and Wolfgang Rihm. He has sung Lieder recitals at venues including Vienna’s Musikverein.