She was born in Marburg an der Lahn. Near the end of her university studies in voice pedagogy and opera, she became a member of the soloist ensemble at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar for four seasons while also embarking on her solo career.
On the opera stage, Franziska Gottwald has appeared as a guest artist in roles such as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Mozart, title role in Ariodante and Ruggiero in Alcina by Handel, Orfeo in Orphée et Eurydice by Gluck, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck and Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss at the opera houses in Seoul, Toulouse, Tokyo, Venice, Bilbao, Basel, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hannover, Wiesbaden, the Komische Oper Berlin, and the Semperoper in Dresden.
She also performs as a soloist with many outstanding orchestras including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Europa Galante, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Köln, Concerto Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the NDR and MDR Symphony Orchestras.
Her repertoire as a concert soloist is wide-ranging: from the Baroque and Classical era to Romantic and modern masterpieces. Orchestral works such as Dvořák’s Biblical Songs, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde or Symphony No. 4, Verdi’s Requiem or Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été can be found in her programmes, as well as Mozart or Handel solo recitals. Franziska Gottwald has performed in the great concert halls of London, Madrid, Montreal, Amsterdam, Yokohama, Rome, Milan, Florence, Athens, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Zurich, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, South Africa, South East Asia, and many others.
Frequent work with conductors such as Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, Fabio Biondi, Nicholas McGegan, and others, has established Franziska Gottwald’s reputation as an expert in historical performance practice. Further acknowledgement of her accomplishments in this area came from her winning the 1st prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
Franziska Gottwald can be heard in many radio, DVD and CD productions, such as Vivaldi’s Merope under the direction of Fabio Biondi, L’Olimpiade: The Opera under Markellos Chryssicos, and Handel’s Samson under Nicholas McGegan.