Before beginning his singing studies at the Sibelius Academy in 2013, young Finnish bass, Markus Suihkonen studied the cello for 15 years. At the Sibelius Academy, he has studied under professors, such as, 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 Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Alexander Theater. He also sung recitals at the Mariinsky Theater 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.

In 2017/18, Markus Suihkonen has been a member of the Young Ensemble of the Vlaamse Opera, where he sang the Bass of Mozart’s Requiem and took over roles, such as, Daniel in Donizetti’s Le duc d'Albe, Pistola/Falstaff (Staging: Christoph Waltz), Doorman in E.W. Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, Second Grailknight and Titurel/Parsifal, Publio/La clemenza di Tito and Baron in Prokofjev’s The Gambler. In addition, he guested at the Savonlinna Opera Festival with Sallinen‘s Kullervo and sang concerts with various Finnish orchestras.

Starting this season, Markus Suihkonen is a member of the opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where he will perform roles, such as King René/Jolanta, Herold/Otello under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and Lesbo in Barrie Kosky’s production of Agrippina under Ivor Bolton, as well as various concerts. Furthermore, he will sing Publio/La clemenza di Tito at Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège. 


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La Clemenza di Tito: New production in Liège
Cécile Roussat's new production of La Clemenza di Tito will feature Anna Bonitatibus as Sesto, one of her favorite roles, and Markus Suihkonen as Publio at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. At the conductor’s stand will be Thomas Rösner.
Performance dates: May 15/17/19/21 and 24
Exciting projects at the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera
The 2018/19 season is particularly characterized by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where Markus Suihkonen, as a member of the Opera Studio, already stood on stage in great productions such as the new production of Otello, in which he embodied the role of Herold under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and next to Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros.
Upcoming engagements include King René in Iolanta (starting 15.04.19), and Lesbo in Barrie Kosky’s staging of Agrippina (premiere 23.07.19) conducted by Ivor Bolton.

In addition to his engagements in Munich, Markus Suihkonen will perforn the role of Publio in the new production of La clemenza di Tito on five evenings as a guest at Théâtre Royal de Liège. With premiere on May 15th also Anna Bonitatibus will be on stage, performing one of her signature roles; Sesto.


La Clemenza di Tito / Opéra Royal de Wallonie- Liège / 31.05.19 /

"au timbre chaud et somptueux, imposant en monumental et arborescent Publio" 

La Clemenza di Tito / Opéra Royal de Wallonie- Liège / 22.05.19 /

"Suihkonen est un impressionnant Publio" 

La Clemenza di Tito / Opéra Royal de Wallonie- Liège / 18.05.19 /

"sang Publio with a wonderfully masculine, full and rounded bass" 

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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