Markus FRANCKE Tenor


Markus Francke sings the part of Don Ottavio with an exemplary singing culture, infatuating tenor-timbre and stylistic confidence throughout a continuously captivating.

The press wrote on Markus Francke’s debut as DON OTTAVIO.

In 2014 Markus Francke sang in Amsterdam und Zurich L. Nono’s "Prometeo" under the musical direction of Ingo Metzmacher and 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 Franckewas 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’. After his high school graduation, he first started musicology studies, before studying choral conducting with Professor Johannes Hömberg and singing with Professor Arthur Janzen at the Cologne Conservatory. After graduating both studies with a degree, he additionally made his concert examination. 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 14/15 Markus Francke mades his debut as HANS in ‚The Bartered Bride’ at the Nordhausen Theatre and was the DIRECTOR in ‚Unre in ascolta’ at the Kassel State Theatre and the CHAPLAIN OF THE MONASTERY in ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’ at the Klagenfurt Theatre. He performed his first DON JOSÉ in ‘Carmen’ at the Thüringen Castle festival Sonderhausen and participated in the ‘Ruhrtrienale’ with a Luigi Nono Project under the musical direction of Ingo Metzmacher. Since the season 15/16 the artist can regularly be seen at the Dresden State Operetta. Here he sings a.o. TAMINO in ‘Die Zauberflöte‘, HANS in ‘The Bartered Bride’and ROSILLON in ‘Die Lustige Witwe’ . Since the season 16/17 he successfully performs ORPHEUS in ‘Orpheus in der Unterwelt’ GWIDON in ‘Tsar Saltan’ and EISENSTEIN in ‘Die Fledermaus’
As MATTEO in ‘Arabella’ he enthuses at the Leipzig Opera House


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