Before beginning his singing studies at the Sibelius Academy, 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.

In 2014, he made his stage debut as Colline/La bohème at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. In 2015, he won the first prize at the national “Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition” for young singers and was awarded a scholarship from the Martti Talvela Foundation.
Following his debut at the Finnish National Opera in Shostakovich’s The Nose, he performed the title role Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Il Commendatore/Don Giovanni at the Alexander Theater. He sung recitals at the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and has furthermore 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 on roles, such as, Daniel in Donizetti’s Le duc d'Albe, Pistola/Falstaff (Staging: Christoph Waltz), Doorman in 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.

Since season 2018/19 Markus Suihkonen is a member of the opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where he already has performed 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 sang Publio/La Clemenza di Tito at Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, as well as Schumann’s Faust-Szenen/Mefisto, Evil Spirit, Pater Profundus with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu on the occasion of the Helsinki Festival and most recently Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and under the baton of Klaus Mäkelä in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Engagements in the season 2019/20 include, beside numerous projects at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Leporello/Don Giovanni at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki under the baton of Patrick Fournillier, as well as Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust with Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki.

As from the season 2020/21, Markus Suihkonen will be a member of the ensemble at State Opera Hannover.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J. S. St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony No 9
  Missa Solemnis*
Bruckner Te Deum*
Dvorak Biblical Songs
Haydn The Seasons*
  The Creation*
Mozart Requiem
  Mass in c minor*
Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Rossini Petite messe solennelle*
  Stabat Mater*
Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust
Shostakovich Four Romances after Puschkin
  The Song of the Forests*
  Symphony No 14
Verdi Messa da Requiem*
Wolf Michelangelo-Lieder

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio 2nd Prisoner
Berlioz La Damnation de Faust Brander
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Le Docteur, Berger
Donizetti Le Duc d'Albe Daniel
Gluck Alceste Coryphé
Korngold Das Wunder der Heliane Doorman
Mozart Don Giovanni Il Commendatore
  Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
  Le nozze di Figaro Figaro
  La Clemenza di Tito Publio
Prokofiev The Gambler Baron Wurmerhelm, English Man
Puccini La Bohème Colline
  Tosca Angelotti
  La Fanciulla del West Sid
Sallinen Kullervo 2nd Man
Tchaikovsky Iolanta King René
  Eugene Onegin Company Commander
Verdi Falstaff Pistola
  La Traviata Il Commisionario
  Otello Araldo
  Don Carlos Flemish Deputati
Wagner Parsifal Titurel
  Lohengrin 4th Edler
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Hermann Ortel


First new production in Hannover
Following a season full of Covid related cancellations, Markus Suihkonen can now finally return to the big stage!
In his first new production as an ensemble member at Staatstheater Hannover he will be embodying Lodovico in Verdi's Otello alongside Martin Muehle in the title role, among others.

Under the baton of GMD Stephan Zilias the staging by Immo Karaman celebrates its premiere on October 30th.

Further performances with Markus Suihkonen on:
05/21/28 November and 04/09/16/21 Dezember 2021


Don Giovanni (Stream) / Finnish National Opera Helsinki / 10.06.20 /

"L’émission est sonore, vaillante, jeune, et sa séduction physique n’est pas moindre que celle de son maître." 

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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