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Selig, Franz-Josef (bass)

Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

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 been a freelance singer since then, and has given guest performances at all of the world’s great opera houses.

Franz-Josef Selig has established himself on the international arena as one of the best-known performers of serious bass parts—particularly Gurnemanz (Parsifal), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Rocco (Fidelio), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), and Fasolt (Das Rheingold). With these roles he has appeared at, among others, the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. Opera productions as well as concert engagements frequently bring him together with renowned orchestras and conductors, such as James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Antonio Pappano, Phillipe Jordan, René Jacobs, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Philippe Herreweghe.

In recent seasons, his projects have included a new production of Monteverdi’s Poppea (Seneca) at the Theater an der Wien; Fidelio (Rocco) at the Bavarian State Opera; and Parsifal (Gurnemanz) at the Teatro Real Madrid. He also appeared at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in summer 2016 (Pelléas et Mélisande), and at the Munich Opera Festival as Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Selig’s lieder recitals have included concerts with the Liedertafel (with Markus Schäfer, Christian Elsner and Michael Volle accompanied by Gerold Huber on the piano) in Stuttgart, Bad Urach, Schaffhausen and Madrid. His extensive discography illustrates his wide artistic range—from Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Wagner’s Parsifal.


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