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Since his acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace) Alexey Markov has already returned as Tomski in Pique Dame, Marcello in La Boheme, Il Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Valentin (Faust). During the 2013-2014 season at the Metropolitan, Markov is performing in La Bohéme. His 2012/2013 season includes his debut in a new production of Il Trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsoper and debut at the Verbier Festival. Hailed by the press in summer 2009 as Robert in a new production of Iolanta in Baden-Baden (for DVD release), he then opened the 2009/10 season as Onegin marking his debut at the Zurich Opera and returns there for several productions in the 2012/13 (Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor) and 2013/14 (Tomski in Pique Dame and Nottingham in Roberto Devereux) seasons. Summer 2011 saw a dazzling Salzburg Festival debut in Iolanta and later that year he made his debut in Amsterdam in a new production of Rimisky-Korsakov's Invisble City of Kitezsh and in Madrid in a new production of Iolanta. Previously, he made his French debut at the Opera de Lyon as both Eugene Onegin and Prince Yeletsky, sang Eugene Oneguin in Monte-Carlo and Di

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Since his acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace) Alexey Markov has already returned as Tomski in Pique Dame, Marcello in La Boheme, Il Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Valentin (Faust). During the 2013-2014 season at the Metropolitan, Markov is performing in La Bohéme.

His 2012/2013 season includes his debut in a new production of Il Trovatore at the Bayerische Staatsoper and debut at the Verbier Festival.

Hailed by the press in summer 2009 as Robert in a new production of Iolanta in Baden-Baden (for DVD release), he then opened the 2009/10 season as Onegin marking his debut at the Zurich Opera and returns there for several productions in the 2012/13 (Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor) and 2013/14 (Tomski in Pique Dame and Nottingham in Roberto Devereux) seasons.

Summer 2011 saw a dazzling Salzburg Festival debut in Iolanta and later that year he made his debut in Amsterdam in a new production of Rimisky-Korsakov's Invisble City of Kitezsh and in Madrid in a new production of Iolanta.

Previously, he made his French debut at the Opera de Lyon as both Eugene Onegin and Prince Yeletsky, sang Eugene Oneguin in Monte-Carlo and Di Luna at the Opera de Bordeaux as well as in a concert performance at the Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris. He also sang Iago in a new production of Otello at the Semperoper Dresden, Scarpia (Tosca) in Frankfurt and Renato in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Graz Opera Theater.

His repertoire also includes Germont (La Traviata), Don Carlo (La Forza del Destino), Amfortas (Parsifal), Chorebe (Les Troyens)...

In addition, Markov has appeared with the Mariinsky Opera Company in Rotterdam, at the Deutsche Oper, the Mikkeli Festival (Finland), the Lincoln Center (New York) and  was seen with them at the Barbican Hall (London) singing Prince Yeletsky.

He has given solo recitals in Finland, Germany, Britain, France, Austria and Turkey and has been invited for concert programs at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and is a soloist on the London Symphony Orchestra's recording of Mahler's eighth symphony, performed also in concert with the LSO at Carnegie Hall.

Native of Vyborg, northwest Russia, Markov joined the Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre and went on to win the Rimsky-Korsakov Vocal and the Obratsova Vocal Competitions and was awarded the second prize the Dresden Bel Canto Competition.

 

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"The young Russian baritone Alexey Markov was a standout as Count Tomsky."

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"His richly colored baritone soared in his prayer “Avant de quitter,” and he sustained a noble legato in his anguished death scene."

James Jorden, New York Post

"The real stand-out of the evening was Alexey Markov as Valentin. It was impossible not to admire the warm sincerity and dark, rich tone with which he sang “Avant de quitter ces lieux.”"

Eric Simpson, The New Criterion

"The baritone Alexey Markov offered an engaging portrayal of Marcello, Musetta’s on-again, off-again lover"

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

"Alexey Markov exuded compelling urgency as Tomsky. "

Martin Bernheimer, Opera

"Alexey Markov expose le meilleur de son chant dans sa cavatine, « Il Ballen del suo sorriso ». Enfin de l’émotion servie par un timbre séduisant, un sens du phrasé et une large palette expressive.
[In his cavatina “Il Ballen del suo sorriso”, Alexey Markov showcases his best singing. His appealing timbre, the aptness of his phrasing and his wide range of vocal expressiveness create real emotion.] "

Christophe Rizoud, Forum Opéra

"Perhaps the most delicious voice on the stage belonged to Alexey Markov, in the relatively small role of Count Tomsky. Markov’s voice resonates immediately at every pitch in the role’s vast range. His first act aria, explaining the back-story of the mysterious Countess, was nuanced and gripping, showcasing this artist’s exceptional use of language as well as his pyrotechnic top register."

Mwyn Benhough, Operaticus

"Another remarkable newcomer was Aleksey Markov, a baritone with a splendid voice. He was a more distant than arrogant Onegin, who in the end changes into a tortured human being..."

Erna Metdepenninghen, Opera

"Baritone Alexey Markov sang the title role of Onegin. It was immediately evident that his deep, rich and textured sound was perfect for the role. His delivery appeared effortless throughout the evening. Markov’s vocal delivery, when singing, especially to Olga, his love interest, was warm and passionate. "

Joseph Giannino, Opera Online

"Markov's even and golden baritone brought considerable authority to the pivotal if lesser role of Robert, Duke of Burgundy... "

Rian Evans, Opera