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Marc-Olivier Oetterli was born in Geneva 1970. He was a member of the boys choir of St. Ursen cathedral in Solothurn before he finished his degrees at the conservatory for music and drama in Berne. He continued his vocal studies with Margreet Honig, Jan-Hendrik Rootering and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and since 2011 with Miriam Arman-Jaskierowicz.


Marc-Olivier Oetterli appeared in opera roles such as Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola/Rossini) at the Opera National de Bordeaux, Collas (Bastien and Bastienne/Mozart), Papageno and Speaker of the Temple (The Magic Flute/Mozart), Count Almaviva and Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro/Mozart), Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love/Donizetti), Mustafa (The Italian Girl in Algiers/Rossini) for the Klosterneuburg Opera Festival and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress/Strawinsky) at the Lucerne theatre and made his debut at the Grand théâtre de Genève in 2007 and at the Opéra de Marseille in 2008.


During 2008-2011 at the Lucerne theatre he appeared as Leporello (Don Giovanni/Mozart), Weps (Vogelhändler/Zeller), Chiko (Bakery attack/Mochizuki), Wozzeck (Wozzeck/Gurlitt), Hercules (Hercules/Händel), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro/Mozart), Papageno (Zauberflöte/Mozart) and Bottom (A midsummer night's dream/Britten). He also appeared in various productions at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Staatsoper Hannover, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.

Since 2011 he is a member of the opera ensemble at the Staatstheater Kassel. Recent and upcoming roles include Klingsor (Parsifal/Wagner), Papageno (Zauberflöte/Mozart), Bottom (Midsummer nights dream/Britten), Don Fernando (Fidelio/Beethoven), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte/Mozart), Clistene (Olimpiade/Vivaldi), Biterolf (Tannhäuser/Wagner), Saul (Saul/Händel), Monterone (Rigoletto/Verdi), Publio (La clemenza di Tito/Mozart), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini), Prospero (Un re in ascolto/Berio), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro/Mozart), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette/Gounod) and the Messenger of Keikobad (The Woman without a Shadow/Strauss).


Marc-Olivier Oetterli sings a large concert repertoire from the passions, over 40 cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and works including the oratorios from Mendelssohn, Haydn, and symphonies from Beethoven and Schostakowitch. With the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, he recorded the Opera Jolanthe (Tschaikowsky) under Maestro Dmitrij Kitajenko - a recording that received the International Classical Music Award in 2016. Other recordings include Schostakowitch Symphony No 14 with Prague Philharmonia and the movie “Des Königs Zauberflöte” (2016) under Enoch zu Guttenberg.


Marc-Olivier Oetterli has performed with various orchestras such as the orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the chamber orchestra Lausanne, the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony, the young Munich Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonia. He has collaborated with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Michel Corboz, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrusa, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Fabio Luisi, Thomas Rösner and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Marc-Olivier Oetterli




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