Markus Butter, baritone

Austian bass-baritone Markus Butter opens the 2016/17 season with the part of Kurwenal in the new production of Tristan and Isolde at Graz Opera. Here he can be heard as well as Comte Capulet in Romeo et Juliette and in the title role of Il Prigionero. At the Semperoper Dresden he can be seen in Die Zauberflöte, la Bohème and Die Passagierin. Under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock he will be on tour with the St. John Passion and with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra he will sing in Haendel´s Messiah.

He is a permanent guest at Theater an der Wien where he sang in the last season the part of Brown in the new production of Dreigroschenoper. Future projects include his debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden London and his return to Theater an der Wien.

In the summer of 2014 Markus Butter made his debut at the Bregenz Festival in the world premiere of HK Gruber's Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald and received excellent reviews. In the same production the baritone returned to Theater an der Wien. At the beginning of the last season he sang the role of Lescaut in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Theater Essen. At Dresden State Opera, where he was ensemble member for several years, he  performed a.o. the role of Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Germont (Traviata), Marcello (Bohème), Conte (Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos).

The Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen engaged him for a new production of Krzysztof Penderecki's Teufel von Loudon, directed by Keith Warner. He made his opera debut at the Salzburger Festspiele as Ottokar in a new production of Weber’s Freischütz under Markus Stenz, sang in a new production of Orlando Paladino at the Theater an der Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt and made his concert debut at the Teatro alla Scala.

In previous seasons Markus Butter has been able to aquire reputation as a demanded artist also for concert performances. Highlights of  the previous seasons inlcude the world premiere of Maxwell Davies' Symphonie N°10 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano.  After his debut with the Berlin Philharmonics under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Austrian bass-baritone was immediately invited for further concerts under Herbert Blomstedt. Before that, he made his debut with Dresden Staatskapelle under Daniel Harding, the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, WDR Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov, at the Bach Academy in Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling and the Musikverein in Vienna under Fabio Luisi.

He performed concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneve, Orchestre dell’ Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma and worked with famous conductors such as Zubin, Bertrand de Billy, Kirill Petrenko, Bruno Bartoletti, Stefan Soltesz and Wolfgang Sawallisch.