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Mark Kurmanbayev


Bass Mark Kurmanbayev was born in Kazakhstan and lived in Servia for a long time. Here he already performed regularly with the Belgrade Philharmonic, before he moved to Austria, where he studied with the renowned dramatic soprano Elena Pankratova. He was also taught by Grace Bumbry, Barbara Frittoli, Freddie de Tommaso and Sergei Leiferkus.

In December 2021, Mark debuted in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges at the World Opera Workshop. In 2023 he made his debut as Narumov in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at Baden-Baden, working with Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker. He also worked with conductors Dmitry Korchak and Liubof Orfenova, among others.

At Dutch National Opera, Mark was previously seen in the world premiere of Animal Farm. From season 2023/2024, he will be seen here more often, as a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio: “It is a great honour to make important debuts next season and to work with the best artists in the world – conductors, directors and international opera stars. In this way, I hope to further develop many of my abilities, from language skills to vocal technical skills. That I also get to do that in one of the best opera and ballet houses in the world feels very special.”

Most recently, he sang the role of Joe in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (2023), Erster Priester/Zweiter geharnischter Mann in Die Zauberflöte (2023), Bass in The Four Note Opera (2024) and Sir Gualtiero Raleigh in Roberto Devereux (2024).

Last update: 22-04-2024