The German baritone, Markus Eiche, studied the Music Academies of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, where his teachers included Professor. Bernhard Jaeger-Böhm and Carl Davies. He received his music degree in Stuttgart in 1998. He has won several scholarships, including from the Richard-Wagner-Verband, has been prize-winner of the Robert Saar Competition in Bad Kissingen (1996) and won in 1998 the International Singing Competition Francesco Viñas in Barcelona.
From 2001 to 2007 Markus Eiche was a member of the National Theatre Mannheim and from 2007 to 2011 of the Vienna State Opera. Since 2011 Markuse Eiche has “residential contracts” with the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. Here he sings the important roles of his repertoire: Conte Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Jeletzki in Pique Dame, Belcore in L’Elisir D’amore, Albert in Werther, Lescaut in Manon, Fritz and Frank in Die Tote Stadt, Olivier in Capriccio, the title role in Eugen Onegin, Besenbinder in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Harlekin and Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Gunther in Götterdämmerung and Donner in Rheingold.
Markus Eiche has been invited to the Teatro alla Scala Milano, the Biennale, Munich, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and the Semperoper Dresde and the Staatsoper Stuttgart. With the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona he enjoyed a long collaboration singing Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Jeletzki in Pique Dame, Ned Keene in Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, Fritz and Frank in Die Tote Stadt, a scenic version of Schubert's Winterreise, Wolfram in Tannhäuser (available on DVD) and Orest in Iphigenie En Aulide. Furthermore he appeared at the Salzburg Festival singing a.o.in Ferruccio Busoni's Doktor Faustus, Don Carlo, Tristan und Isolde, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Zauberflöte, Les Contes D' Hoffmann, Romeo Et Juliette and Die Gezeichneten. From 2007 to 2010 he sang Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Festival. In 2011 the artist had been invited to the Garmisch Strauss Festival to sing Robert Storch in Strauss’ Intermezzo.
Conductors he worked with include a.o. Ingo Metzmacher, Bertrand de Billy, Kirill Petrenko, Zoltan Pesko, Gustav Kuhn, Ingo Metzmacher, Harry Bicket, Christophe Rousset, Stefan Asbury, Christoph von Dohnányi, Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, Sebastian Weigle, Adam Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Ulf Schirmer, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Marco Armiliato, Enrico Dovico, Alfred Eschwé, Christian Thielemann and Seiji Ozawa.
Markus Eiche versatility is shown in his broad concert repertoire which includes a big variety of styles and epochs: Orff’s Carmina Burana, Johannes Brahms' Requiem, B. Britten's War Requiem, J.S. Bach's St Matthew's Passion (BWV 244), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), B-Minor Mass (BWV 232), St John's Passion (BWV 245) and Cantatas, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Gustav Mahler's Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Lied Von Der Erde, Kindertotenlieder, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus as well as works by Richard Strauss, Aribert Reimann, Luigi Dallapiccola, Judith Weir and Wolfgang Rihm. Markus Eiche enjoys a very close collaboration with Helmuth Rilling. Invitations to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques (Director: Christophe Rousset), Paris, to Valencia, to the Münchener Bach-Chor, etc.
Important projects during the last two years: the title role of Cardillac and Kunrad in Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot at the Bayerische Rundfunk Munich (role debutsd - with CD production). Bluebeard in Béla Bartók's Bluebeards Castle with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Fritz and Frank in Die Tote Stadt at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki. Wolfram in Tannhäuser (with DVD Production) and Donner in Rheingold at the Bayreuth festival. Lescaut in a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann and at the Munich Opera festival the role of Golaud in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Important Engagements 2015-2016: Stuttgart Music Festival L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, at the Wiener Staatsoper Albert in Werther, Gunther in Götterdämmerung as well as Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte; at the Bavarian State Opera Musiklehrer (role debut) Ariadne auf Naxos (with a performance at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées, Paris), Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Sprecher in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Marcello in La Bohème, Heerrufer in Lohengrin, Ping in Turandot, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Kothner in Meistersinger (new production) as well as Graf Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro; Warsaw Beethoven Festival L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. At the Bayreuth Festival the artist is invited to sing Donner in Rheingold and Gunther in Götterdämmerung.
Recordings for Naxos: Schubert Lieder and Orff’s Carmina burana.
Since 2012 Markus Eiche is Professor at the Zürich University of the Arts.