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.

In addition to his numerous operatic engagements and concert performances it is important to Franz-Josef Selig to find time for lieder recitals, recently with Gerold Huber in Katowice, Cologne and Frankfurt and concerts of the Liedertafel (Markus Schäfer, Christian Elsner, Michael Volle and Franz-Josef Selig accompanied by Gerold Huber on the piano) in Stuttgart, Schaffhausen and Madrid. In this season he performs his new Lieder programme with Gerold Huber in Madrid at the Teatro de la Zarzuela and in the Wigmore Hall in London.

Numerous CD and DVD productions document the artistic range of this remarkable singer – from Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Mozart’s Magic Flute (The Royal Opera, London/Sir Colin Davis), Don Giovanni (Vienna State Opera/Riccardo Muti), Le nozze di Figaro (Salzburg Festival/Nikolaus Harnoncourt), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Gran Teatre del Liceu/Ivor Bolton/Christoph Loy) as well as L’incoronazione di Poppea (Gran Teatre del Liceu/David Alden/Harry Bicket). He has recorded the part of Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal both under Christian Thielemann (Vienna State Opera, released by Deutsche Grammophon) and with Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Pentatone). The DVD recording Der Ring des Nibelungen (DG, Metropolitan Opera New York, 2010) with Franz-Josef Selig as Fasolt received a Grammy award in 2013. From the year 2013 a DVD of Der Fliegende Holländer from the Bayreuth Festival was issued (Thielemann/Gloger). In June 2014 his first lied CD was released (accompanied by Gerold Huber on the piano). Under the title Prometheus (AVI) it unifies songs of Schubert, Wolf and Strauss. In July 2015 a new recording of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (production by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in summer 2014) was issued by Deutsche Grammophon.

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