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. The young tenor began his international career as a participant of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2014 where he could be heard under the direction of Harry Kupfer and under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst in the production of  'Der Rosenkavalier' and in the world premier of Thomas Ades’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’. 

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. This production ha sbeen awarded with the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis 2018. In 2017, he debuted as Tony (West Side Story) at the Oper Graz and 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 2015. With his interpretation of Gustl in ‚Das Land des Lächelns' at the Bühne Baden, Franz Gürtelschmied was nominated for the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis 2017 as best male supporting actor. Further 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). In 2018-19 season, Franz Gürtelschmied will sing 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 is a concert soloist in great demand, for example with an organ concert broadcasted by the Austrian Braodcasting Cooperation, in Mendelsohn's 'Lobgesang' with the Slovenian Philharmonics, in Bruckner's 'Te Deum' at the Stift St. Florian and in Händel's 'Messiah' at the Styirarte festival Graz. With several recitals, he was guest at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Radiokulturhaus Wien, the Kultursommer Semmering, the Perly klasickè Pilsen and at the Schubertiade Vicenza with Sir András Schiff.

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