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 was 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.

From 2018 until 2020 he was a member of the opera studio of Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where he performed 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 embodied Publio/La Clemenza di Tito at Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, Leporello/Don Giovanni at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki under the baton of Patrick Fournillier and sang Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust as well as Schumann’s Faust-Szenen/Mefisto, Evil Spirit, Pater Profundus with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu in Helsinki, Titurel/Parsifal and Fafner/Rheingold in Eurajoki (Finland), Titurel/Parsifal in concert with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Adam Fischer, as well as Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Klaus Mäkelä in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Since the season 2020/21 Markus Suihkonen is part of the ensemble of Staatstheater Hannover, where he already performed roles such as Lodovico/Otello and Sparafucile/Rigoletto.

His engagements in season 2022/23 include La bohème/Colline and a new production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo/Caronte at his parent house in Hannover, as well as Die Zauberflöte/Sarastro at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
On the concert stage he can be heard in Verdi’s Requiem in Dublin and in Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.


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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
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Snug*
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 Antonio
  La Clemenza di Tito Publio
Prokofiev The Gambler Baron Wurmerhelm, English Man
Puccini La Bohème Colline
  La Fanciulla del West Sid
  Tosca Angelotti
Sallinen Kullervo 2nd Man
Tchaikovsky Iolanta King René
  Eugene Onegin Company Commander
Verdi Don Carlos Flemish Deputati
  Falstaff Pistola
  La Traviata Il Commisionario
  Otello Araldo
  Rigoletto Sparafucile
von Weber Der Freischütz Eremit*
Wagner Das Rheingold Fafner
  Lohengrin 4th Edler
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Hermann Ortel
  Parsifal Titurel


First time in "Florence on the Elbe" with Monteverdi
From 26 May 2024, Markus Suihkonen is on stage of the Dresden Semperoper for the first time, performing the role of Caronte in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo alongside Rolando Villazón in the title role, among others.
The acclaimed production (which marked the first ever performance of the work at the Semperoper in 2023) is by the sought-after director and puppeteer Nikolaus Habjan, who brings the myth to the stage with an interplay of singers and life-size puppets. Wolfgang Katschner conducts his ensemble ‘lautten compagney BERLIN’ and the cast is completed by BOM colleagues Joseph Dennis and Ilya Silchuk in the roles of Shepherd and Ghost.

Remaining performance dates: 31.05. & 03./06.06.2024

For more information about the production: 



I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Staatstheater Hannover / 12.11.23 /

"Lorenzo war mit großvolumigem Bass der Finne Markus Suihkonen" 

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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