"Outstanding is the tenor Franz Gürtelschmied who excellently illustrates Alkibiades' eagerness of power and his betrayal with his voice and his acting." (Der Neue Merker)
Franz Gürtelschmied studied at the University for Music and Perfoming Arts in Vienna and he now works close together with his teacher Prof. Irina Gavrilovici and with the conductor Univ.-Prof. Ivan Parik. He began his international career in 2014 as a participant of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburger Festspiele 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’. The young tenor also has a very close connection to the Richard Wagner Festival Wels where he sang amongst others Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser) and ein brabantischer Edler (Lohengrin).
His debut as Alkibiades in a new production of Krenek's ‘Pallas Athene weint’ at the Neue Oper Wien in autumn 2016 was very successful and highly acclaimed. In 2017 he will sing Tony in West Side Story at the Oper Graz. Further engagements will lead him to the Opéra National the Paris as 4. Knappe (Parsifal) under the baton of Philippe Jordan and to the mupa Budapest as Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) under the baton of Adam Fischer.
He also could already prove his talent in operetta genre, like in the title role of Der Zigeunerbaron at the Schlossfestspiele Langenlois in 2015 and as Graf Gustav von Pottenstein (Das Land des Lächelns) at the Stadttheater Baden bei Wien. In 2017 he also will return to Langenlois as Camille de Rossillon in Die Lustige Witwe. 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.