29 October 2016
Alexey Markov's heroic baritone with a slight metallic snarl in the tone was impressive as Ivan (Karamazov), particularly as he became more and more incensed and then descended into madness
… These ninety minutes were an absolute triumph thanks to the fact that in the ‘Russian-style’ agility and power of bass singer Alexei Markov, as well as Anna Netrebko, we were faced with two first-class singers.
• Prize-winner at the VI International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 2004)
• Prize-winner at the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Competition (2nd prize, Lipetsk, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the IV International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the international Competizione dell’Opera (2nd prize, Dresden, 2006)
• Prize-winner at the International Moniuszko Competition (1st prize, Warsaw, 2007)
• Recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask theatre prize for the role of Ivan Karamazov in the opera The Brothers Karamazov (“Best Male Role in Opera”, 2009)
• Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, for the role of Robert in the opera Iolanta (“Best Male Role in Musical Theatre”, 2009)
• The Montblanc New Voices award Winner (2009)
Alexei Markov was born in Vyborg.
In 2001 he joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.
Soloist with the Mariinsky Opera since 2008. Has regularly appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre since 2006 in the lead baritone repertoire.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride)
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Venetian Merchant (Sadko)
Prince Yeletsky, Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades)
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace)
Ivan Karamazov (The Brothers Karamazov)
Giorgio Germont (La traviata)
Renato (Un ballo in maschera)
Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Don Carlo (La forza del destino)
Baron Scarpia (Tosca)
Count di Luna (Il trovatore)
Chorèbe (Les Troyens)
Marcello (La Bohème)
Rodrigo (Don Carlo)
Alexei Markov has toured with the Mariinsky Opera to the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Germany), the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (New York), the Barbican (London), the Kennedy Center (Washington) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo) in addition to appearances at festivals in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Mikkeli (Finland), Eilat (The Red Sea Festival, Israel), Baden-Baden (Germany) and and Edinburgh (Great Britain).
In early 2007 he made his European debuts as Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) at the Oper Frankfurt, Iago (Otello) at the Semperoper in Dresden and Renato (Un ballo in maschera) at the Oper Graz.
The same year, Alexei Markov gave his first performance at the Metropolitan Opera (New York) as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace), returning in subsequent seasons as Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Valentin (Faust), the Count di Luna (Il trovatore) and Marcello (La Bohème).
From 2008–2011 Markov performed the roles of Eugene Onegin at the festival La Coruña (Spain) and in opera houses in Zurich (Switzerland), Lyon (France) and Monte Carlo (Monaco), Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride) at Carnegie Hall with the New York Symphony, the Count di Luna (Il trovatore) at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (France), Robert (Iolanta) at the Salzburg Festival (Austria) and Scarpia (Tosca) at the Oper Frankfurt am Main, as well as taking part in a recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
Between 2011 and 2014 Alexei Markov performed the role of Fyodor Poyarok in a new production of the opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia at De Nationale Opera (Amsterdam), the role of Robert in a new production of the opera Iolanta at the Teatro Real in Madrid (Spain); the Duke of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) at the Zurich Opera and the Count di Luna (Il trovatore) at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich).
In the 2014–2015 season Alexei Markov made his debut at the San Francisco Opera as Marcello (La Bohème), appeared as Prince Yeletsky in a concert performance of The Queen of Spades at the Gasteig Munich Philharmonic with the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Mariss Jansons and performed the role of Giorgio Germont (La traviata) at the Bayerische Staatsoper. At the Metropolitan Opera he appeared as Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Robert (Iolanta) and Giorgio Germont (La traviata). Also that season Alexei Markov performed the role of Chorèbe (Les Troyens) at the Edinburgh Festival; the singer also performed that role and the role of Prince Yeletsky in a new production of The Queen of Spades at the International Music Festival at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden during a tour by the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Gergiev.
In March 2015 Alexei Markov and the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Chorus under the baton of Vladimir Begletsov presented the programme A Russian Concert consisting of Russian religious music and folk songs at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The singer collaborates with internationally acclaimed conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Marco Armiliato, Nello Santi, Louis Langrée, Daniele Callegari, Teodor Currentzis, Andris Nelsons and Vladimir and Dmitri Jurowski.
For more detailed information about Alexei Markov please visit his official website at www.alexey-markov.com.