Young tenor Franz Gürtelschmied grew up surrounded by the traditions of a great city steeped in musical history. Recently launching a career in opera, his natural versatility is also evident through his intensive work in operetta, musicals, Lieder, oratorio, as well as in his interpretations of contemporary music. As a member of the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project Mr. Gürtelschmied performed in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and returned to the Festival for the world premiere of Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel. He was Tony in West Side Story, Pedrillo in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, Steuermann in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer, Barinkay in Gypsy Baron, and Rosillon in Merry Widow. In 2016 he was nominated for the Austrian Music Theatre Award, and has worked with well-known conductors including Ádám Fischer, Philippe Jordan, Manfred Honeck and Franz Welser-Möst in Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Opéra Bastille (Paris), Oper Leipzig, as well as other concert halls throughout Europe, Israel, and North America.