Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote has had to withdraw for the RCO concerts on 25 and 26 February in Amsterdam and 27 February in Cologne. The young baritone Markus Werba will now sing the solo part of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen under the baton of Lorenzo Viotti, who jumps in for Franz Welser-Möst. Both Viotti and Werba make their RCO debut.
Despite his relative youth, Austrian baritone Markus Werba has already performed at the world’s finest opera houses and concert venues, including La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayersiche Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo and Teatro Colon Buenos Aires.
Recent highlights include Beckmesser in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Salzburg Festival, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Wiener Staatsoper, Rodrigo in Don Carlos for the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Semperoper Dresden, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with the Theater an der Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In 2015-2016 and beyond, his projects include Beckmesser in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, his title role debut in Eugene Onegin in Cologne, Die Zauberflöte at the Wiener Staatsoper and Waggner's Tannhäuser in Beijing, as well as concerts with orchestras such as the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Philadelphia Orchestra.