Franz-Josef Selig (Bass)
Born: 11th July 1962, Mayen, Germany
Born in Mayen in 1962, German bass Franz-Josef Selig studied in Cologne and began his career in Essen; he is particularly associated with Wagner, where his roles include König Marke, Fasolt, Hunding, Gurnemanz and Daland, making his Bayreuth debut in the latter role in 2012. His repertoire also encompasses Rocco in Fidelio, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Selig’s discography includes Arkel on Simon Rattle’s 2016 recording of Pélleas et Mélisande, Gurnemanz on Marek Janowski’s award-winning Parsifal on Pentatone (‘Selig is outstanding, anchoring the whole set with gravitas and weight’ – MusicWeb International), Osmin on Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and (on DVD) Daland in Der fliegende Höllander from Bayreuth under Christian Thielemann.