Markus Butter opened
the 2012/13 season with the world premiere of the opera Premiere by Rainer Vierlinger under the musical direction of Tristan
Schulze at Theater an der Wien. He also sings at Dresden State Opera, where he
has been ensemble member since four seasons, Marcello in La Bohème and the new production of Stephen Oliver's Mario und der Zauberer, followed by the
engagement at Royal Danish Opera Copnehagen for the new production of Krzysztof
Penderecki's Teufel von Loudon,
directed by Keith Warner. Thereafter, Markus Butter returns to Semperoper
Dresden with Melisso in Alcina, Papageno
in The Magic Flute and with his debut
as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut.
seasons Markus Butter has been able to aquire reputation as a demanded artist also
for concert performances. After his debut with the Berlin Philharmonics under
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Austrian bass-baritone was immediately invited for
further concerts under Herbert Blomstedt in March 2011. 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 BachAcademy in Stuttgart under Helmuth
Rilling and the Musikverein in Vienna under Fabio Luisi.
After a Don Giovanni-production at the Theater
an der Wien in summer 2009 Markus Butter debuted at the New National Theatre
(Papageno in Zauberflöte).
In 2007 Markus
Butter 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. 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 works Peter Schreier in Italy, France and Spain. Zubin Mehta invited him several times to the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra. Markus Butter also worked with Bertrand de Billy,
Kirill Petrenko, Bruno Bartoletti, Stefan Soltesz and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Guestappearances took Markus Butter to Deutsche
Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Köln, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Teatro Regio di Parma,
Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Köln, Ruhrtriennale, Wiener Klangbogen and to Brucknerfest
Linz. At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he was member between 2001 and 2005,
he broadened his repertoire continuously. From 1999-2001 he was
member of the Bavarian State Opera Munich.
Markus Butter was born in Bruck an der Mur
(Austria) in 1973. He was member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and studied at
the Johann Josef Fux-Conservatory in Graz and at the Academy of Music in Graz. He attended master-classes with Kammersänger Walter
Berry and continued his recital-studies with Fritz Schwinghammer at the Academy
of Music in Munich. In 1997 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the International
Competition „Das Schubert-Lied“ in Vienna.