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 Sir Colin Davis, 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 scheduled for 2020/21: Fidelio performances under Zubin Mehta in Munich, Pelleas et Melisande in Toulouse with Leo Hussain, Parsifal in Tokyo with Marek Janowski, Tannhäuser under David Afkham in Barcelona and a new production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in Aix-en-Provence. Unfortunately the production of Tristan und Isolde under Esa-Pekka Salonen in Los Angeles and the revival of Jürgen Flimm's production of Fidelio at the MET under chief conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin fell victim to cancellations due to the worldwide corona pandemic.

In addition to his many concert and opera engagements, the artist also finds time for recitals, most recently with Gerold Huber in London, Madrid, Katowice and Cologne. His new song programme with Gerold Huber at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels is scheduled for November 2021.

The artistic range of this extraordinary singer is documented by his diverse CD and DVD recordings - from Bach's St. Matthew Passion to Mozart's Magic Flute (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 part of Gurnemanz in Wagner's Parsifal under Christian Thielemann (Vienna State Opera, released by Deutsche Grammophon) as well as 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.

Franz-Josef Selig can be seen on the DVD of Der fliegende Holländer from the 2013 Bayreuth Festival (Thielemann/Gloger). Further CD releases by Deutsche Grammophon include the 2014 production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail conducted by Yannick Nezét-Séguin, and subsequently the 2018 production of Die Zauberflöte, both from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. His first solo recital CD entitled Prometheus (AVI) with songs by Schubert, Wolf and Strauss, and accompanied by Gerold Huber was released in June 2014.

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