Baritone

Markus Butter

Markus Butter

In the 2013/14 season Markus Butter sang the world premiere of Maxwell Davies' Symphonie N°10 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano and Haydn´s Nelson Mass with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under Jeffrey Tate. With the Staatskapelle Weimar he sang in Mendelssohn´s Paulus, followed by the Christmas Oratorio with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln. In the summer of 2014 he will make his debut at the Bregenz Festival in the world premiere of HK Gruber's Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald. At Dresden State Opera, where he is ensemble member, he was to experience as a speaker (The Magic Flute), Mario and the Magician, Marcello (Bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Duke Robert (Guntram), Music Teacher (Ariadne on Naxos), Melisso (Alcina), etc. in the current season.

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. At Dresden State Opera he sang Marcello in La Bohème and the new production of Stephen Oliver's Mario and the Magician, followed by the engagement at Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen for the new production of Krzysztof Penderecki's Teufel von Loudon, directed by Keith Warner. Thereafter, Markus Butter returned to Semperoper Dresden with Melisso in Alcina, Papageno in The Magic Flute and with his debut as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut.

In previous 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 Bach Academy 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.