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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 the 2008/9 Season as Mercurio (La Calisto). He has since returned to sing Marcello (La bohème), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Malatesta (Don Pasquale) for The Royal Opera.

Werba has sung for opera companies including La Scala, Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and for the festivals of Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Aspen and Tanglewood among others. He has appeared under conductors including Barenboim, Bolton, Conlon, Frühbeck de Burgos, Gatti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Nagano. His wide opera repertory includes Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Papageno, Roland (Fierrabras), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa (Don Carlo), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Sixtus Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Eugene Onegin, Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus).

Werba has appeared in concert throughout Europe, and in Buenos Aires, Montréal and Tokyo. He has sung in recital at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel and Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade. His recordings include DVDs of Fierrabras, Alfonso und Estrella, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Die Zauberflöte and La finta giardiniera and a CD of The Creation.

News and features

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

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

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

Photos

Production photo of Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Olga Peretyatko as Norina in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta and Bryn Terfel as Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Olga Peretyatko as Norina, Bryn Terfel as Don Pasquale and Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba, Ioan Hotea, Bryn Terfel and Gilles Rico in rehearsal for Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba

Markus Werba as Papageno and Rhian Lois as Papagena

Rhian Lois as Papagena and Markus Werba as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte

Daniel Grice as Schaunard, Jongmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Markus Werba as Marcello in La bohème

Gillian Keith as Zerbinetta and Markus Werba as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba in La Calisto, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba and Olga Peretyatko in rehearsal for Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba in rehearsal for Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel as Don Pasquale and Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta, Bryn Terfel as Don Pasquale and Ioan Hotea as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Papageno and Janai Brugger as Pamina

Jonhmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello, Jeremy White as Benoît, Daniel Grice as Schaunard and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Markus Werba as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera

Olga Peretyatko as Norina, Ioan Hotea as Ernesto and Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Olga Peretyatko as Norina and Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Olga Peretyatko as Norina, Ioan Hotea as Ernesto and Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta, Bryn Terfel as Don Pasquale and Olga Peretyatko as Norina in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Ioan Hotea and Markus Werba in rehearsal for Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba and Ioan Hotea in rehearsal for Don Pasquale, The Royal Opera

Markus Werba as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte

Markus Werba as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte