“Music means EVERYTHING that you can’t see or touch. What is very difficult to put into words. But music can circumscribe everything, is able to express everything and, ideally, to transport the performer and the listener into another world.”

Marc-Olivier Oetterli

Currently, the artist is preparing for several concerts and recordings focusing on the composer Bohuslav Martinu as well as Johann Sebastian Bach. In addition, he is creating several programs in which he will act as soloist and conductor at the same time. He is particularly interested in finding a common tonal language with the orchestra and developing a musical concept. 

Marc-Olivier Oetterli is open minded about the future, and as he puts it “everything is in a constant state of change, and being able to adapt is one of my ´super-powers´”.


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Bach Coffee Cantata

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Recording conducting debut

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When the Sky is not the Limit

A conductor comes full circle by traversing stages and landing strips

Marc-Olivier Oetterli has sung under the baton of distinguished conductors, including Gerd Albrecht, Michel Corboz, Charles Dutoit, Theodor Guschlbauer, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Christopher Hogwood, Jakub Hrusa, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Fabio Luisi and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. As a vocal soloist, he has been accompanied by leading orchestras such as the 21st Century Orchestra, the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Prague Philharmonia, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich and the WDR Rundfunkchor.

As a conductor, Marc-Olivier Oetterli’s repertoire includes orchestral, concert, operatic works and film music, such as Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible, Beethoven C Major Mass; Szymanowski Stabat Mater, Gluck Orphee et Eurydice; Mendelssohn The First Walpurgis Night, Puccini Missa di Gloria, Janacek Vecne Evangelium, Rachmaninoff Aleko, Shostakovich Symphony No. 6; Stravinsky Firebird, de Falla La vida breve, and Gounod Mass St. Cecile.

He has performed roles in operas by Berio, Britten, Mozart, Rossini, Stravinsky, Verdi and Wagner. In his dual role as vocal soloist and conductor, Marc-Olivier Oetterli presents programs combining music from the vocal and orchestral repertoire.

Marc-Olivier Oetterli is also a frequent guest at prestigious festivals, including the Herrenchiemsee Festival and the Ludwigsburg Festival.

For a detailed overview of Marc-Olivier Oetterli’s work and operatic roles, click here.

Top 10


performed with as baritone

Gerd Albrecht

Michel Corboz

Charles Dutoit

Theodor Guschlbauer

Enoch zu Guttenberg

Christopher Hogwood

Jakub Hrusa

Dmitrij Kitajenko

Fabio Luisi

Gennady Rozhdestvensky


performed with as baritone

21st Century Orchestra

Berner Symphonie-Orchestre

Gürzenich Orchester Köln

Kammerorchester Basel

Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Prague Philharmonia

Symphonie-Orchester Basel

Tonhalle Zürich

WDR Rundfunkchor


Avenches Opera

Classic Openair Solothurn

Herrenchiemsee Festspiele

Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg

Lucerne Festival

Ludwigsburger Festspiele

March Music Days Rousse

Martinu Festival Basel

Paleo Festival Nyon

Varna Summer

Concert Halls

Auditorium Stravinski Montreux

Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf

KKL Luzern

Köln Philharmonie

Prinzregententheater München

Rudolfinum Prague

Staatsoper Hannover

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Sydney Opera

Tonhalle Zürich

Opera Roles

Berio: Un re in Ascolto – Prospero

Britten: A midsummer night´s dream – Bottom

Mozart: Don Giovanni – Leporello

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte – Don Alfonso

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Figaro

Rossini: La Cenerentola – Don Magnifico

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Bartolo

Strawinsky: The rakes progress – Nick Shadow

Verdi: Falstaff – Ford

Wagner: Rheingold – Fasolt