Franz Xaver SCHLECHT Baritone


"Franz Xaver Schlecht, who also has considerable vocal possibilities. Splendidly, he let his warm, flawlessly embeded, rich lyrical baritone voice flow. " Der Opernfreund

In 2022 Franz Xaver Schlecht made his debut in Zimmermann’s „Weisse Rose“ at the Dresden Semper Opera

In 2018 he made his spectacular debut as PAPAGENO at the Opera House Leipzig. Since the season 2018/19 he is a permanent member of the Leipzig ensemble, singing such parts as PAPAGENO, PETER BESENBINDER, MORALES, KRUSCHINA, OTTOKAR...

At the Coburg Theatre he performed the DUKE in “Figaros Hochzeit”, DANDINI in “La Cenerentola” and HEGER in “Rusalka” in the season 2017/18.

The young baritone Franz Xaver Schlecht was already invited to sing at numerous opera houses.  In the season 2015/16 he was MORALES in „Carmen“ at the Sondershausen Castle Festival and  HERMANN in „ Les Contes d’Hoffmann“ and CAPPADOCIER in “Salome” at the German Opera Berlin.

At the Nordhausen Theatre he sang DON ALFONSO in „Cosi fan tutte“ and performed in the children’s opera „Prince Hugo“.  He also portrayed KILIAN  „Der Freischütz“ at the Erfurt Theatre.

In 2009 the artist debuted as FIGARO in a special children’s version of „Le nozze di Figaro“ at the  Opera House Leipzig. At the Mainfrankentheater in Würzburg he sang SILVANO in „Un ballo in maschera“. In 2010 he portrayed  VERSHININ in P.Eötvös’  „Tri Sestri“ at the Bavarian Theatre Academy and in 2011 he also played this role at the Berlin State Opera. At the Heidelberg Theatre he was PROF. WALTER SPIESS in „Der tausendjährige Posten“. Beides, he sang in „Faure Requiem“ here.

Franz Xaver Schlecht started his musical studies at the Nuremburg / Augsburg Music Academy and completed them in 2007-2008 at the University of Leipzig and in 2008-2009 at the  Würzburg Music Academy. He absolved master classes with Franz Grundheber and Simon Estes. Already in 2006 he performed at the Augsburg Theatre as HALY in “L’Italiana in Algeri”.

The young singer’s large concert repertoire includes Bach’s Passions and Masses, works from Rossini, Schubert, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Mahler’s Lieder and Carl Orff’s  “Carmina Burana”.

In the 2016/17 he returned as the MARCHESE D’OBIGNY in „La Traviata“ to the Leipzig Opera House, was  PETER BESENBINDER at the Festival in Immling and BILL in “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” at the  Opera House in Halle. In summer 2017, he made his debut as VALENTIN in “Faust” and sang PILATUS in the Saint John’s Passion at the Herrenchiemsee Festival.

In 2022 he can be heard at St. Michaelis in Hamburg with the MATTHÄUS-PASSION and the bass arias in the Johannes-Passion.


Pfaslztheater Kaiserslautern – Die Lustige Witwe – GRAF DANILO
Most phenomenal singer of the premiere evening is the baritone Xaver Schlecht. The role of count Danilo Danilowitsch really seems to be made especially for him. Effortless in the high registers and brilliant in the low ones, his voice enthralls with robust vitality and great naturalness. Also as an actor, the singer goes all the way. A veritable show piece is the song „Dann gehe ich ins Maxim“.. which he actually does arm in arm with the grisettes troop. Not only does the baritone know how to act like a comedian, he also shows strong emotions. In the love duet „Lippen schweigen“ his voice communicates pure emotions without falling into the trap of sentimentality.
Opernwelt – Februar 2023 – Silvia Adler
„Excellent“ both in his voice’s volume and in his acting skills, the guests of the premiere hailed the guest baritone Franz Xaver Schlecht in the role of Danilo.
Die Rheinpfalz
Landestheater Coburg – Rusalka - HEGER
The bigot servant, Franz Xaver Schlecht, sings very securely. With his assaults and his superstition, he presents a very scheming, unpleasant portrayal of his character.
O Ton Magazin
Festspiele Wernigerode - Faust - VALENTIN
Franz Xaver Schlecht’s Valentin was a righteous man, whose robust baritone voice convinced right from the first act in the Cavatine ‘Avant de quitter’
Opernglas, 10/2017, J. Gahre
Pfaslztheater Kaiserslautern – Die Lustige Witwe – GRAF DANILO
Semperoper Dresden - Weißee Rose - HANS SCHOLL
Photo: Semperoper Dresden
Semperoper Dresden - Weißee Rose - HANS SCHOLL
Photo: Semperoper Dresden
Oper Leipzig - La Fanciulla del West - SID
Schlossfestspiele Wernigerode – Faust – VALENTIN
Franz Xaver Schlecht,, August 2017 (german)