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Born: June 13, 1961 – Andernach/Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

The German tenor, Markus Schäfer, studied with Marga Plachner, Armand McLane and Evelyn Dalberg. Following his attendance at the Opera Studio in Zürich, Markus Schäfer’s first professional engagement was at the Opernhaus Zürich in 1985. Since then guest appearances have take Markus Schäfer to many a prestigious musical location – the Salzburger Festpiele, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, La Fenice in Venice, Liceo in Barcelona and the State Opera on Munich, to name but a few. He has undertaken principal roles in various operas by Mozart, Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Adolf Hasse and Rolle. He worked closely with René Jacobs and the Concerto Köln at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, on Cosi fan tutte, and Krösus by Reinhard Keiser.

Markus Schäfer has often toured and recorded with the Baroque ensemble La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken) works such as Cosi Fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Requiem. At the moment (2000) he is playing Tamino in Harry Kupfer’s production of Die Zauberflöte at the Berlin Comic Opera.

As a singer of Lieder, Markus Schäfer has performed Schubert, Schumann and Wolff together with Hartmut Höll at the Wolf-Gesellschaft in Stuttgart and also in the Lincoln Center, New York. The Heimkehr – taken from Heinrich Heine’s Reisebilder (series of travel poems) and set to music by Vesque von Püttlingen (1803-1883) – was released by Signum, featuring Markus Schäfer and Christian de Bruyn.