Before beginning his singing studies at the Sibelius Academy in 2013, young Finnish bass, Markus Suihkonen (b. 1993), studied the cello for 15 years. At the Sibelius Academy, he has studied under professors Petteri Salomaa and Jaakko Ryhänen, as well as with Mika Kares, and attended master classes conducted by Martin Katz, Dorothy Irving, Helen Donath, and Soile Isokoski.

Suihkonen made his stage debut in the spring of 2014 as Colline in La bohème at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. In 2015, he won first prize at the national Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition for young singers and was awarded a scholarship from the Martti Talvela Foundation.

Further, he made his debut at the Finnish National Opera in the autumn of 2015 in two minor roles in Shostakovich’s The Nose. In 2016, he performed the role of Figaro in the Sibelius Academy’s production of The marriage of Figaro and the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Alexander Theater. He also sung recitals at the Mariinsky Theater (with pianist Tuula Hällstöm) and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, and performed with the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir.

Furthermore, Suihkonen has performed with numerous Finnish chamber orchestras as a concert and oratorio soloist.

Future projects include various concerts with different Finnish Philharmonic Orchestras as well as a role in Sallinen’s opera Kullervo at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2017.

In the season 2017/18 Markus Suihkonen is part of the young ensemble at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium. He will be singing the bass part in Mozart’s Requiem as well as parts such as Daniel in Donizetti’s 'Le duc d'Albe', Pistola in Verdi’s 'Falstaff', and Publio in Mozart’s 'La clemenza di Tito'.
The latter he will also be performing at the Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège.


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In Christoph Waltz's staging of "Falstaff" in Antwerp and Ghent
Markus Suihkonen, since this season a member of the “Young Ensemble” at Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, will take on the role of Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff starting December 13th. The production is staged by none other than two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and conducted by Tomáš Netopil.
Dates: Opera Antwerp: December 13th/15th/17th/19th/21st/
23rd/27th/29th and 31st
Opera Ghent: January 10th/12th/14th/16th/18th and 20th
Member of the Young Ensemble in Antwerp
The young Finn Markus Suihkonen can look forward to an exciting season as he will be joining the “Young Ensemble” of the renowned Vlaamse Opera Antwerp. Already his first role poses a challenge, when he takes on the Doorman in E.W. Korngold's rarely staged opera Das Wunder der Heliane. Performance dates: September 15th/17th/20th/23rd (Gent) and October 1st/3rd/5th/8th (Antwerp).

In addition, Suihkonen will be on stage in the following productions: Le duc d’Albe/Daniel (Premiere: November 17th in Gent), Falstaff/Pistola (Premiere: December 13th in Antwerp), Pelléas et Mélisande/Doctor+Shepherd (Premiere: February 2nd in Antwerp), Parsifal/2. Gralsritter+Titurel (Premiere: March 18th in Antwerp), La clemenza di Tito/Publio (Premiere: May 6th in Gent) and Prokofiev’s The Gambler/Baron (Premiere: June 13th in Gent). 



Das Wunder der Heliane / Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen / 02.10.17 /

"promising baritone Markus Suihkonen" 

Das Wunder der Heliane / Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen / 26.09.17 /

"une superbe basse aux graves profonds" 

Das Wunder der Heliane / Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen / 20.09.17 /

"une très belle découverte" 

Das Wunder der Heliane / Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen / 15.09.17 /

"une belle élégance dans son rôle" 
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