Franz Gürtelschmied studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, his native city. He is currently working with Professor Irina Gavrilovici and conductor Ivan Parik. He made his debut in 2014 as a participant at the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, during which he appeared in Harry Kupfer's production of Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of conductor Franz Welser-Möst, as well as in a production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pedrillo). He was invited to Salzburg again in 2016 to perform the role of Enrique in the world premiere production of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. He was also invited to the Wels Wagner Festival in Austria and the Stadtheater in Baden where he sang the role of Gusti in Das Land des Lächeln—a performance which earned him a nomination for a prestigious 2017 Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis in the Best Supporting Actor category. Last season, he played Alkibiades in Krenek’s Pallas Athene weint at the Neue Oper in Vienna and he made his role debut as Tony (West Side Story) in Graz. During the summer of 2017, he appeared as Camille de Rosillon in Die Lustige Witwe at the Langenlois Schlossfestspiele (where he had sung the title role in Der Ziegunerbaron in 2015). He has also performed in recital, most notably during the 2016 Semmering Kultursommer. He made his Paris Opera debut in 2018 in Parsifal (Vierter Knappe). His other roles include the Steersman (Der Fliegende Holländer), Count Gustav von Pottenstein (Le Pays du sourire) and Louis Ironson (Angels in America) at the Budapest Festival, and Edwin (Princesse Czardas) at the 2019 Schlossfestpiele Langenlois.