German bass, Markus Raab, is making a name for himself as a versatile singer in the European opera scene. He received his vocal training from Elsa Marx, Wicus Slabbert and Bernarda Bobro.
He began his career with engagements as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth and the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with the Schlossoper Friedrichshafen. His professional breakthrough came in 2002, when he was awarded engagements at the Stadttheater St. Gallen (Mazolino Pedruzzi in Max von Schilling’s Mona Lisa) and the Wiener Kammeroper (Osmin in Mozart’s Zaide) as a prizewinner of the International Belvedere Competition.
From 2003-04 to 2008-09 Markus Raab was an ensemble member of the Volksoper Wien, where he sang a multitude of repertoire roles. During his time at the Volksoper he sang many guest engagements, such as Kezal in Die verkaufte Braut (Oper Klosterneuburg), Lord Syndham in Zar und Zimmermann (Stadttheater St. Gallen), Hymen in Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Kilian in Der Freischütz (both Vorarlberger Landestheater), the Innkeeper in Mitch Leighs The Man of La Mancha (Vorarlberger Landestheater, Stadttheater St. Gallen), John Shears in Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan (Bregenzer Festspiele) and Harlekin in Erwin Schulhoff’s only opera Flammen at the Theater an der Wien under the baton of Bertrand de Billy and the direction of Keith Warner.
Since 2009 Markus Raab has worked as a free-lance artist, making his debut als Sarastro at the Musiktheater Friedrichshafen that same year. He returned to the Bregenzer Festspiele for Mieczyslaw Weinber’s opera Das Portrait (2010), followed by the successful contemporary production of Trans-Maghreb by Peter Herbert (2014). In 2012 he made another guest appearance as Sarastro, this time with the Opernverein Vaduz in Liechtenstein, where he returned in 2014 to sing Kuno in Der Freischütz.
In 2015 he made another important debut: under the auspices of the renowned Kurt Weill Festival he sang the Husband in Kurt Weill’s Royal Palace at the Anhaltischen Theater Dessau, and in 2016 he debuted as Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, again with the Opernverein Vaduz.
As a soloist Markus Raab has sung many concert and oratorio performances in Germany, Austria, and Italy via the Ukraine all the way to Hawaii. A special highlight was the concert version of Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, which was recorded on CD by Oehms Classics.