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) and Marcello (La bohème) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Papageno (Die Zauberflöte).
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.
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2 December 2014
Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.
Daniel Grice as Schaunard, Jongmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore
Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Markus Werba as Marcello in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore
Markus Werba in La Calisto, The Royal Opera © Bill Cooper
Markus Werba as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH / Clive Barda 2008
Gillian Keith as Zerbinetta and Markus Werba as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH / Clive Barda 2008