In the season 2018/19 Markus Francke made his successful debut as ERIK in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’ at the Theatre Ulm. Here, he could equally be seen as the 1st STRANGER in ‘Der Vetter aus Dingsda’ and EDGARDO in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’. In Moscow, he sang Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’, atthe Cologne Philharmonic Mendelssohn’s ‘Die erste Walpurgisnacht/Lobgesang’, in Düsseldorf St. Matthew Passion, just to name some of the artist’s concert engagements...
He returned as CANDIDE to the Dresden State Operetta. Here, he was a member of the ensemble between 2015 and 2018, singing such roles as 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.
He succeeded as MATTEO in ‘Arabella’ at the Opera House Leipzig. In autumn 2017 he made his debut as FENTON in Nicolai’s ‘Die Lustige Weiber von Windsor’ at the Dessau Theatre.
Markus Francke sang at the Ruhr-Triennale and L. Nono’s "Prometeo" in Amsterdam und Zurich under the musical direction of Ingo Metzmacher. Before, Markus made his debut at the Munich State Opera as the DANCE MASTER in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’.
From 2012 to 2014, the lyrical tenor was a member of the Wiesbaden State Theatre ensemble. Here, he sang such roles as TAMINO, ANDRES, ROSILLON, ADAM, STEERSMAN, just to name a few. He can look back on many years of cooperation with the Pforzheim City Theatre, where he debuted in numerous roles of his repertoire like DON OTTAVIO and the 1st STRANGER. In the season 13/14 he performed FERRANDO in ‘Così fan tutte’, followed by BELMONTE in 14/15.
Guest engagements brought him to the theatres of Wurzburg 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’.
Markus Francke studied musicology , choral conducting and singing at the Cologne Music Academy. Further important impulses he got from 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 14/15 Markus made his debut as HANS in ‘The Bartered Bride’ at the Nordhausen Theatre, he was the DIRECTOR in ‘Un re in ascolta’ at the Kassel State Theatre and the CHAPLAIN OF THE MONASTRY in ‘Les Dialogues des Carmelites’ at the Klagenfurt Theatre. He sang his first DON JOSÉ at the Thuringen Castle Festival Sondershausen.