A native of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, tenor Markus Francke commenced piano studies at the age of eight and made his operatic debut as a boy soprano in Benjamin Britten’s „A Midsummer Night’s Dream“, at the Stadttheater Freiburg. He began studies in Musicology at the ‚Universität zu Köln‘, before transferring to the ‚Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln‘, where he studied singing with Professor Arthur Janzen and conducting with Professor Johannes Hömberg. He has received further vocal tuition from Berthold Schmid, Diane Forlano, and Francisco Araiza and is currently under the tuition of David Harper.
From 2012-2014 Markus Francke was an ensemble member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He debuted many roles there, including Der Steuermann in Wagner’s „The Flying Dutchman“ and the role of Toni in Hans Werner Henze’s „Elegy for Young Lovers“ directed by Dietrich Hilsdorf, which opened the 2014 International May Festival.In 2014 Markus Francke made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, singing the role of Tanzmeister in R. Strauss‘ „Ariadne auf Naxos“. He has performed as a guest artist with several other theatres across Germany, in particular the Stadttheater Pforzheim, and was a member of the Festspielensemble in Bregenz.
In the current season he will perform several important role debuts, including Hans in Smetana’s „The Bartered Bride“ at the Stadttheater Nordhausen, and the role of the Regista in Berio’s „Un re in ascolto“ at the Staatstheater Kassel. Later this year he will perform at the Prinzregententheater in Munich in a concert with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, under the direction of Ulf Schirmer.
From the time of his studies in Cologne, Markus Francke has built a very successful career as a concert artist. He is a highly respected interpreter of Baroque music, his specialty lying in the ‚Evangelist‘ roles of J.S. Bach. He boasts a vast repertoire of works spanning from the Renaissance period through to contemporary music. In 2014 he performed his first Verdi „Requiem“ in the Philharmonie in Cologne and sang in Luigi Nono’s „Prometeo“ with the SWR-Sinfonieorchester under the direction of Ingo Meztmacher in Amsterdam and in the Tonhalle Zürich.
As a sought-after soloist, Markus Francke has performed in some of the most prized venues in Europe, Russia and Israel. These include the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela; the Cathedral in Reims; the Philharmonie in Berlin; the Philharmonie in Cologne; St. Michaelis and St. Nikolai in Hamburg; the Liederhalle in Stuttgart; the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the Cologne Cathedral.
He has sung under the direction of conductors such as Ingo Metzmacher, Asher Fish, Steuart Bedford,Helmut Rilling, Reinhard Goebel and Marcus Creed. Orchestras of note include, „L’arpa festante“, „Concerto Köln“, „WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln“ and the „SWR-Sinfonieorchester“.