Franz-Josef Selighas established himself on the international arena as one of the best-known performers of serious bassparts. Initially, he studied church music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne before taking voice classes under Claudio Nicolai. He regularly gives guest performances as Gurnemanz, King Marke, Sarastro, Rocco, Osmin, Daland, Fiesco and Fasolt at all of the world’s great opera houses (such as Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano or Metropolitan Opera New York) and festivals (Bayreuth Festival, Salzburg Festival).
In season 2015/16 Franz-Josef Selig takes part in various interesting projects, such as a new production of Monteverdi’s Poppea (Seneca) at the Theater an der Wien (Spinosi/Guth), half-scenic performances of Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) with the Berlin Philharmonics as well as the London Symphony Orchestra (Rattle/Sellars), Fidelio (Rocco) at the Bavarian State Opera (Mehta/Bieito) and Parsifal (Gurnemanz) at the Teatro Real Madrid (Bychkov/Guth).
Numerous CD and DVD productions document the artistic range of this remarkable singer – from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, through Mozart’s Magic Flute (The Royal Opera, London/Sir Colin Davis), Don Giovanni (Wiener Staatsoper/Riccardo Muti), Le nozze di Figaro (Salzburg Festival/Nikolaus Harnoncourt), and Entführungausdem Serail (Gran Teatre del Liceu/IvorBolton/ChristophLoy), all the way to L’incoronazione di Poppea (Gran Teatre del Liceu/David Alden/Harry Bicket). The DVD recording Der Ring des Nibelungen (DG, Metropolitan Opera New York, 2010) with Franz-Josef Selig as Fasolt received the Grammy award in 2013.