Franz-Josef Selig has established himself on the international scene as one of the best-known serious bass baritones. He regularly gives guest performances as Gurnemanz, King Marke, Sarastro, Rocco, Osmin, Daland, Fiesco and Fasolt at all the world’s major opera houses (such as the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro Real Madrid, the Parisian opera houses or the Metropolitan Opera New York) and at prestigious festivals such as the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Opera productions as well as concerts bring him together frequently with renowned orchestras and conductors, such as James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta and many others.

Bass singer Franz-Josef Selig first studied church music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne before taking voice classes under Claudio Nicolai. At the beginning of his career he was a member of the Aalto Theatre ensemble in Essen. He has since been a freelance singer.

Interesting activities in the 2018/19 season include operatic performances as Seneca in a revival of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Berliner Staatsoper, as Marchese di Calatrava and Padre Guardianoin in a new production of La forza del destino at the Opera Frankfurt as well as King Marke (Wagner: Tristan and Isolde) in a new production at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. On the concert stage Franz-Josef Selig sings Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and Ottobeuren under Masaaki Suzuki, Missa solemnis with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Gijs Leenaars, Mozart’s Requiem with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe's Faust in Utrecht under Markus Stenz.

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