Markus FRANCKE Tenor


Since the season 2015/2016 Markus Francke is a regular guest at the Dresden State Operetta, where he sings TAMINO in ‘Die Zauberflöte’, HANS in ‘The Bartered Bride’ and ROSILLON in ‘Die Lustige Witwe’, ORPHEUS in ‘Orpheus in der Unterwelt’, GWIDON in ‚Tsar Saltan‘ EISENSTEIN in ‚Die Fledermaus‘ and the title part in Bernstein’s CANDIDE. Before, he knew great success as MATTEO in ‚Arabella‘ at the Opera House Leipzig. In autum 2017 he made his debut as FENTON in Nicolai’s ‚Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’ at the Dessau Theatre.

Markus Francke performed at the Ruhr Triennnal, in Amsterdam and Zurich in L Nonos ‚Prometeo‘ under the musical direction of Ingo Metzmacher. Before, he made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera as DANCE TEACHER in ‘Ariadne at Naxos’. From 2012 until 2014 the lyrical tenor was a member of the Wiesbaden State Theatre. Here he portrayed such roles as TAMINO, ANDRES, ROSILLON, ADAM, STEERSMAN just to name a few. The artist is connected to the Pforzheim Theatre, due to a long collaboration with this opera house, where he has debuted in roles like DON OTTAVIO and the FIRST STRANGER. In the season 2013/2014 he sang FERRANDO in ‘Cosi fan tutte’ and in 2014/2015 BELMONTE.

Guest performances brought him tot he theatres of Würzburg and Gelsenkirchen.

Markus Francke was born in Freiburg. At the age of eight, he became piano lessons and made his first experience on an operatic stage at the Freiburg City Theatre in Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Summernight’s Dream’. He studied musical sciences, Choral Conducting and Singing at the Cologne Music Conservatory. His creative work has also been greatly inspired by Berthold Schmid, Diane Forlano, Francisco Araiza and Stewart Emerson.

While still studying, Markus Francke started his concert soloist career. Soon, he became one of the most sought-after interpreters of baroque oratorio literature, particularly J. S. Bach’s evangelist’s parts. Moreover, his repertoire contains works from the Rennaissance up to the Modern Age. His concert performances took him through Europe: he sang in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Cathedral of Reims,the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonic, in the Churches of St. Michaelis and St. Nikolai in Hamburg, in the Stuttgart ‘Liederhalle’ , the ‘Frauenkirche’ in Dresden and the Cologne Cathedral. Francke worked with such orchestras as "L'arpafestante" and "Concerto Köln" and conductors as Stewart Bedford, Helmut Rilling and Marcus Creed. Numerous radio and CD recordings were released.

In the season 2014/15 Markus Francke made his debut as HANS in ‘The Bartered Bride’ at the Nordhausen Theatre and was the DIRECTOR in ‘Un re in ascolta’ at the Kassel State Theatre. At the Klagenfurth Theatre he was the CHAPLAIN OF THE MONASTRY’ in ‘Le Dialogues des Carmelites’. His first DON JOSÉ was sung at the Thuringen Castle Festival Sondershausen.

In the season 2018/19 he debutes as ERIK in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’ at the Ulm Theatre. At this very house, he also sings the FIRST STRANGER in ‘Der Vetter aus Dingsda’ and EDGARDO in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’. As CANDIDE he returns to the Dresden State Opera.


Theater Ulm – Lucia di Lammermoor – EDGARDO
"Markus Francke (Edgardo) has a melodious, slender, flexible tenor voice…"
Thüringen Castle Festival Sondershausen - Carmen - DON JOSÉ
Don José, sung by Markus Francke with his register-secure, remarkably bright lyrical timbre. Convincingly, he plays the expellee with great, almost 'silent' severity and timidity...
Opernglas 9/2015
Nordhausen Theatre - Die Verkaufte Braut - HANS
'Hans was sung by Markus Fancke with youthful tenor voice and clear notes in the high registers..'
Opernglas 12/2014