Before beginning his singing studies at the Sibelius Academy in 2013, young Finnish bass, Markus Suihkonen (b. 1993), studied the cello for 15 years. At the Sibelius Academy, he has studied under professors 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 The marriage of Figaro and the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Alexander Theater. He also sung recitals at the Mariinsky Theater (with pianist Tuula Hällstöm) 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 addition to Suihkonen’s engagement at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, projects in the season 2017/18 included various concerts with different Finnish Philharmonic Orchestras as well as a role in Sallinen’s opera Kullervo at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2017.

At the Vlaamse Opera, where during this season Suihkonen was part of the Young Ensemble, he could, among other things, be heard singing the bass part in Mozart’s Requiem as well as the roles of Daniel in Donizetti’s 'Le duc d'Albe', Pistola in Verdi’s 'Falstaff' (Staging: Christoph Waltz), Doorman in E.W. Korngold’s rarely staged opera ‚Das Wunder der Heliane‘, and Second Grailknight+Titurel in Wagner’s ‚Parsifal‘. Further projects in this season include La clemenza di Tito/Publio and Prokofjev’s The Gambler/Baron.

Starting next season, Markus Suihkonen will be a member of the opera studio at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. In addition, he will take on the role of Publio/La clemenza di Tito at the Royal Opéra de Wallonie in Liège.


General Management

Artist Manager
Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager 
Mobil: +49-173-2 067 821


New in our General Management and the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper!
We are very pleased to welcome Markus Suihkonen in our General Management roster and congratulate him on a great season at the Vlaamse Opera, which is now slowly coming to an end. In this sense, we take a look at the coming season, which is particularly characterized by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where he will be on stage in great productions as a member of the Opera Studio: A herald in the new production Otello (premiere October 23rd) under Kirill Petrenko and with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros; 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.



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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