The young Austrian tenor Franz Gürtelschmied studied singing at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in his native Vienna. He is currently continuing his vocal studies with Irina Gavrilovici and working closely with the stage director Angela Zabrsa on interpretation and stage deportment, while also attending a class in musicology at the University of Vienna. While at school, he learnt to play the flute and was singled out for special mention at the Austrian Youth Choir Festival. He gained his earliest stage experience in opera productions at Vienna’s University of Music, making his professional debut in 2013 as Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser under Ralf Weikert at the Wels Wagner Festival and returning to Wels in 2014 for the First Brabantine Noble in Lohengrin.
Franz Gürtelschmied is particularly drawn to church music and has sung solo parts in many Masses. Apart from his affinity with opera, he is also fond of chamber music, an interest reflected in various projects. Especially successful was an Italian song recital in January 2014 featuring works by Bellini, Verdi, Puccini and Tosti. In 2012, he performed Tamara Friebel’s a kiss for the new city: kiso urbo kune for solo tenor, a piece specially written for him.
As a member of the Young Singers Project Franz Gürtelschmied will be heard at the 2014 Salzburg Festival as the Vendor of Pets in Der Rosenkavalier and as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children.
*Member of the Young Singers Project
Current as of July 2014