Franz Gürtelschmied

"Outstanding is the tenor Franz Gürtelschmied who excellently illustrates Alkibiades' eagerness of power and his betrayal with his voice and his acting." 

Franz Gürtelschmied studied at the University for Music and Perfoming Arts in Vienna and now works close together with his teacher Prof. Irina Gavrilovici and with the conductor Univ.-Prof. Ivan Parik. The young tenor began his international career as a participant of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2014 where he sang Tierhändler (Der Rosenkavalier) and Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) under the direction of Harry Kupfer and under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. In 2016, he returned to Salzburg as Enrique in the world premier of Thomas Ades’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’. Franz Gürtelschmied is also a regular guest at Richard Wagner Festival Wels and at Bühne Baden where he could be heard as Gustl in ‚Das Land des Lächelns'. With this role he was nominated for the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis 2017 as best male supporting actor.

In 2016-17, he made his highly acclaimed debuts as Alkibiades in a new production of Krenek's ‘Pallas Athene weint’ at the Neue Oper Wien and as Tony (West Side Story) at the Oper Graz. In summer 2017, he sang Camille de Rossillon (Die Lustige Witwe) at Schlossfestspiele Langenlois, where he already proved his talent in operetta with the title role of Der Zigeunerbaron in 2015Further engagements in 2017-18 led him to the Opéra National the Paris as 4. Knappe (Parsifal) under the baton of Philippe Jordan and to the Müpa Budapest in his debut as Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) under the baton of Adam Fischer. In 2018-19 season, Franz Gürtelschmied will sing his first Graf Gustav von Pottenstein in Lehàr's operetta 'Das Land des Lächelns' at the Müpa Budapest.

Besides his various repertoire in opera and operetta the Austrian tenor also is a successful concert soloist with several recitals, for example an Italian solo recital, a program with compositions of Franz Schubert and an evening with romantic songs at the Kultursommer in Semmering 2016.

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