Marko Špehar (bass) was born 1982 in Požega (Croatia), which is where he began his musical training. Starting in 2000, Marko pursued graduate studies in vocal performance with Dunja Vejzović at the “State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart” (Germany), and with Erkki Rajamäki at the Sibelius Aketemien in Helsinki (Finnland). He then continued his studies with Ms Snežana Brzaković in Berlin and with Ms Maja Tabatatse in Stuttgart.
Marko had his professional debut in 2006 at the Staatsoper Hannover, where he sang the part of First Apprentice in Berg’s „Wozzeck.“ Following this performance, he sang the part of Osmin in Mozart’s „Die Entführung aus dem Serail“ (The Abduction from the Seraglio) at the Austrian Burgarena Reinsberg. Since then, Marko has been a regular guest at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (Germany) and the Junge Oper Stuttgart, and a member of the ensemble at the Stuttgart State Opera. With the State Opera he sang several roles, most notably Masetto in Don Giovanni, Doctor in “Pelléas et Mélisande“ and the oratorio The Glagolitic Mass by Leoš Janáček. Furthermore, he appeard as Osmin in the Junge Oper (young opera) production of „Zaïde“ and Bär/Gallwurm the German debut performance of “Die Grille“.
Beginning with the 2008/2009 season, Marko was a member of the ensemble at the Theater Dortmund where he sang Anglotti in “Tosca”, Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte” und Eremit in “Der Freischütz,” amongst other roles. In May 2010, he gave his debut at the Gulbekian in Lisbon as Truffaldino in concertante performances of “Ariadne auf Naxos” under Lawrence Foster. In 2010/2011, Marko was in the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, where he sang Doktor Grenvile/“La Traviata“, Masetto/“Don Giovanni“, Surin/“Pique Dame“, Fünfter Jude/“Salome“, Celio/“Die Liebe zu den 3 Orangen“, Sparafucile/Monterone/“Rigoletto“ and Colline/“La Boheme“. Guest appearances involved the world permiere of „Der Sandmann“ under the direction of Christoph Loy.
Since 2012/13 Marko has been part of the ensemble of the National Theater Mannheim. In Mannheim he sang Sarastro in „Die Zauberflöte“, Fafner in „Das Rheingold,“ and performed his debut as King Philipp in a new production of Verdi’s „Don Carlo“. He also made is debut as Jacopo Fiesco in Verdi’s „Simone Boccanegra“. Future projects involve appearances at the Theater Basel, the Oper Köln, and Hamburgische Staatsoper.