Short Biography

The tenor Marcus Ullmann was born in Olbernhau near Dresden. He started singing as a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor at the age of ten, thereafter studying with Hartmut Zabel and Margret Trappe-Wiel at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. Later he studied with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin and with Marga Schiml in Karlsruhe.

Graduating with distinction, he soon was a guest singer at the German Opera Houses Staatstheater Mainz and Semperoper Dresden. The following engagements included roles at the Teatro La Fenice, Opera House Rome, Teatro Communale Firence and Los Angeles Opera. He also appeared as Nero in Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" at the Boston Early Music Festival.

He has performed as a concert singer widely throughout Europe, in North and South America, in Africa and in Russia, Israel and Japan. Conductors with whom he has worked in a range of repertoire include Frieder Bernius, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Riccardo Chailly, Marcus Creed, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Ludwig Güttler, Sigiswald Kuijken, Kent Nagano, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling and Peter Schreier. He often sang with the Dresden Kreuzchor, the Windsbach Knabenchor and the Thomanerchor Leipzig. 

A highlight in 2017 was Marcus Ullmann’s return to São Paolo, where he once again performed in three concerts with the São Paolo State Symphonic Orchestra. This year he is especially looking forward to his role of the evangelist in Bach’s „St. Matthew Passion“ under Christoph Poppen in the Koelner Philharmonie.

As a recitalist, Marcus Ullmann has been a guest at such festivals as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the European Music Festival Stuttgart, Kuhmo in Finland, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival and many others both in Germany and internationally. He has also given recitals at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Wigmore Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Opera House Cairo, as well as the Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. Most frequently he works with Alexander Schmalcz and Martin Stadtfeld. This year, together with Martin Stadtfeld, Marcus Ullmann will give a recital in the chamber music series „Vier Jahreszeiten“ in Meilen in Switzerland.

Radio and TV broadcasts - for example Bach's b-minor Mass with La Chapelle Rhénane (Radio France) and in 2017 „Bach Cantatas in Vorarlberg“ (ORF) - as well as numerous recordings reveal his talent. Recently released in 2017 were Karsten Gundermann’s „Des Menschen Wille“ (first performance) as well as „Duette & Quartette“ by Johannes Brahms with Helmut Deutsch as pianist. 

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© Marcus Ullmann 2018