The renowned international bass, Franz-Josef Selig, has performed at all of the major opera houses in the world, including the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Paris Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera New York, as well as at renowned festivals such as the Bayreuth, Baden Baden, and Salzburg Festivals, and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. His vast repertoire includes the roles of Gurnemanz, König Marke, Sarastro, Rocco, Osmin, Daland, Fiesco, and Fasolt. He has worked with numerous eminent orchestras under the batons of esteemed conductors including Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding, and many others.

The artist completed his studies in sacred music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne before making the move to the singing class of Claudio Nicolai. His start in the profession came in the form of a contract as an ensemble member of the Aalto-Theater in Essen, a position he held for six years, before embarking on his freelance career.

Numerous international opera projects are also on the agenda for 2021/22: including Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust at the Hamburg State Opera under Kent Nagano, as Daland in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman under Bertrand de Billy at the Vienna State Opera and as Rocco in Beethoven's Fidelio in a new production in Florence. He will perform Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, a concert version of Wagner's Parsifal under Alain Altinoglu in Brussels and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde under Gianandrea Noseda (director: Claus Guth) at the Zurich Opera House.

In concert, the artist will sing Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under Marek Janowski in Dresden, Bruckner's Te deum with the Sächsische Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann in Dresden and Salzburg, in Florence under Z. Mehta Beethoven's 9th . In addition to his numerous concert and opera engagements, the singer finds time for lieder recitals, most recently with Gerold Huber in London, Madrid, Katowice and Cologne. 

He will present his new lieder programme with Gerold Huber in Brussels at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.

Numerous CD and DVD productions document the artistic range of this extraordinary singer - from Bach's St Matthew Passion to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Royal Opera London/Sir Colin Davis), Don Giovanni (Vienna State Opera/Riccardo Muti), Le nozze di Figaro (Salzburg Festival/Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Gran Teatre del Liceu/Ivor Bolton/Christoph Loy) to L'incoronazione di Poppea (Gran Teatre del Liceu/David Alden/Harry Bicket).

He recorded the role of Gurnemanz in Wagner's Parsifal both under Christian Thielemann (Vienna State Opera, released by Deutsche Grammophon) and with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Pentatone). The DVD of the production Der Ring des Nibelungen (DG, production of the Metropolitan Opera New York, 2010) with Franz-Josef Selig as Fasolt received the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2013. A DVD Der Fliegende Holländer from the Bayreuth Festival from 2013 has also been released (Thielemann/Gloger). Under the title Prometheus (AVI), he unites songs by Schubert, Wolf and Strauss. In July 2015, Deutsche Grammophon released a new recording of Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail conducted by Yannick Nezét-Séguin (production summer 2014 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden) and just recently Die Zauberflöte (production spring 2018 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden) on CD.

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