Markus Eiche © Fumiaki Fujimoto

Markus Eiche

Markus Eiche was born in St. Georgen in the Black Forest, he studied in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and began his career at the National Theater in Mannheim, where he acquired the most important roles in his repertoire, including Marcello in La Bohème, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Wolfram in Tannhäuser and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Wozzeck.
The internationally sought-after singer was for many years bound to both the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera with residency contracts, where he sang such roles as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Besenbinder in Hänsel und Gretel, Harlekin and Music Teacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, Olivier and Count in Capriccio, the title role in Eugene Onegin, Jeletzki in Pique Dame, Fritz and Frank in Die tote Stadt, Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Valentin in Faust, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Lescaut in Manon and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Since 2007 Markus Eiche has been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival, where he has appeared as Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Donner in Rheingold, Gunther in Götterdämmerung and Wolfram in Tannhäuser. Since 2019, the artist has been shaping the role of Wolfram there in the current production of Tannhäuser by Tobias Kratzer. In the same year, he made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera as Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier. Guest contracts followed at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich with Luther in Krenek's Karl V and Music Teacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, Britten's Death in Venice at the Stuttgart State Opera and Count in Capriccio at the Zurich Opera House.
Particularly outstanding projects were the title role in Cardillac and Kunrad in Strauss' Feuersnot at the
Bayerischer Rundfunk (including CD production); Bluebeard in Bluebeard's Castle with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Fritz and Frank in a revival of Dead City at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki with DVD recording; Lescaut in a new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann; and Golaud in a new production of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande.
The artist celebrated extraordinary successes as Count Andrea Vitelozzo Tamare in Die Gezeichneten in a concert performance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as with the role of Beckmesser in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bavarian State Opera.
Markus Eiche has made guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Semperoper Dresden. He has worked with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona for several years, where he has sung Conte Almaviva, Jeletzki, Ned Keene, Fritz and Frank, a staged production of Schubert's Winterreise, Wolfram (including a DVD production), and Orest, among others. At the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch, he was heard in the role of Olivier in Capriccio as well as Robert Storch in Intermezzo.
Markus Eiche has worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Bertrand de Billy, Kirill Petrenko, Zoltan Pesko, Gustav Kuhn, Ingo Metzmacher, Harry Bicket, Peter Schneider, Christophe Rousset, Stefan Asbury, Christoph von Dohnànyi, Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, Sebastian Weigle, Adam Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Ulf Schirmer, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Marco Armiliato, Enrico Dovico, Alfred Eschwé, Marek Janowski, Christian Thielemann and Seiji Ozawa.
The artist's versatility is reflected not least in his extensive concert repertoire of the most diverse musical epochs and styles. Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana, Britten's War Requiem, Bach's Passions, Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde or Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus are as much part of his repertoire as works by Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Luigi Dallapiccola and Judith Weir.
A busy concert schedule has taken him to the BR, NDR, MDR, SWR, BBC Radio Symphony Orchestras,
RFO, Dortmund Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra, Gaechinger Cantorey, Munich Bach Choir, Talens Lyriques or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Numerous concert recordings, CD and DVD recordings are available. Future engagements will lead the artist, among others. with Brahms' Die schöne Magelone and Christoph Berner at the Tokyo Spring Festival, with Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ and the Stuttgart Bach Academy to Paris, with Mendelssohn's Elijah and the Windsbacher Knabenchor to Antwerp, with Wagner's Götterdämmerung to the Dresden Philharmonic, with Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos to the Bavarian State Opera, with Janáček's Schlaues Füchslein and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonics to Amsterdam.
Markus Eiche first took on the challenge of teaching voice at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2012, and since 2016 he has been a professor of voice at the Fribourg University of Music.