Marcus was a member and soloist with the Regensburger Domspatzen in the 1970s. Following his attendance at the Opera Studio in Zürich, his first professional engagement was at the Opernhaus Zürich in 1985. Since then guest appearances have take Markus Schäfer to many a prestigious musical location the Salzburger Festpiele, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, La Fenice in Venice, Liceo in Barcelona and the State Opera on Munich, to name but a few. He has undertaken principal roles in various operas by Mozart, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Hasse and Rolle. Markus Schäfer worked closely with René Jacobs and the Concert Köln at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, on Cosi fan tutte, and Krösus by Keiser.
Highlights of his concert career have been recording of the St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Leonhardt (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/BMG) and the recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Windsbacher Knabenchor for television and CD. In 1997 Markus Schäfer sang the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) under the direction of Karl-Friedrich Beringer during the Ansbach Bach Week.
Regensburger DomspatzenHans PossehnMarcus Schäfer Marcus Schäfer, Hans Possehn, trebles
Paul Esswood, Kevin Smith, countertenors
Ian Partridge, John Elwes, tenors
David Thomas, Christopher Keyte, basses
conductor: Hanns-Martin Schneidt.
Recorded July 1974 & May 1975 St. Emmeram, Regensburg.
ARCHIV Produktion, Reihe Privilege, 2727 018-10, 2 LP set.
Re-issue of Polydor/Archiv Produktion 447 719-2 (Two CDs)
Windsbacher KnabenchorMarcus Schäfer (non-treble) Performed by the Windsbacher Knabenchor, Munchner Bachsolisten, Trompetenensemble Laubin; conductor by Karl-Friedrich Beringer. Singers include: Juliane Banse, Cornelia Kallisch, Marcus Schafer, Robert Swensen and Thomas Quasthoff. Recorded at the Heilsbronn Munster in July 1991.
balus: Markus Schaefer (Tenor)
Melia: Christian Fliegner (Soprano)
Hyacinthus: Sébastien Pratschke (Soprano)
Apollo: Christian Günther (Alto)
Zephyrus: Philipp Cieslewicz (Alto)
The Priest: Christian Immler (Bass)
Also available as re-release on:
Pavane Records, ADW7236/7 from 1991