• Prize-winner at the 6th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2007; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 6th Competizione dell’Opera (Dresden, 2006; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 4th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2005; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 1st All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Vocalists’ Competition (Lipetsk, 2005; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 6th Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition for Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2004; 1st prize)
Alexey Markov was born in Vyborg in 1977. Graduated from a music school (guitar class) and the Vyborg Technical College of Civil Aviation, has played the trumpet in a jazz orchestra. At the age of twenty-two he began to sing at St Elijah’s Church in Vyborg. Subsequently Alexey took singing lessons from Alexander Dedik, and in 2001 he entered the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers where he studied under Georgy Zastavny.
Since 2005 Alexey Markov has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre where he performs lead roles from the baritone repertoire. He made his debut at the theatre in 2003, appearing as a Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2009 the singer was a recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask National Theatre Award for the role of Ivan in Alexander Smelkov’s opera The Brothers Karamazov. That same year he was awarded the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, for the role of Robert in Iolanta.
In 2007 Alexey Markov made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, performing the role of Andrei Bolkonsky in War and Peace (production by Andrei Konchalovsky). In 2011 he made his first appearance in Salzburg, followed by the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2013, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in 2017 and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) in 2018.
In 2021 the singer was awarded the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, for the role of Mizgir in the Mariinsky Theatre’s production of The Snow Maiden.
Sang at the Vienna State Opera (title role in Eugene Onegin; in 2022 he performed the part of Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades conducted by Valery Gergiev), the Teatro alla Scala (Shaklovity in Khovanshchina), the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, the Semperoper Dresden, the Gasteig Munich, the Oper Graz, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Opernhaus Zürich, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera (Warsaw), the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, San Francisco Opera, the Verbier Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Took part in Mariinsky Theatre performances on tour to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Philharmonie de Paris and at festivals in Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Baden-Baden as well as other venues.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
Lionel (The Maid of Orleans)
Prince Yeletsky, Count Tomsky and Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades)
Mizgir (The Snow Maiden)
Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride)
Fyodor Poyarok (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
A Venetian Merchant (Sadko)
Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)
Don Carlos (Dargomyzhsky’s The Stone Guest)
Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace)
Leandro (The Love for Three Oranges)
Father Chartreuse (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Ivan (Smelkov’s The Brothers Karamazov)
Lord Henry Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Giorgio Germont and Baron Douphol (La traviata)
Count di Luna (Il trovatore)
Renato (Un ballo in maschera)
Don Carlo and a Spanish Military Surgeon (La forza del destino)
Rodrigo and a Flemish Envoy (Don Carlo)
Iago (Verdi’s Otello)
Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana)
Marcello (La Bohème)
Baron Scarpia (Tosca)
Michele (Il tabarro)
Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi)
A Wigmaker (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Chorèbe (Les Troyens)
Valentin (Gounod’s Faust)
On the concert stage he performs solo roles in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Tchaikovsky’s cantata Moscow and Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem The Bells.
Has sung in premieres of new Mariinsky Theatre productions of Faust (2013), Les Troyens (2014), La traviata (2015) and The Tsar’s Bride (2018) and in the Mariinsky Theatre premiere of Adriana Lecouvreur (2017).
Repertoire also includes: Sir Richard Forth (I puritani), the Duke of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) and Ezio (Attila).