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Praised for his good acting skills which give strength and truth to the characters he interprets,

Jean-Noël Briend benefited from a complete and solid musical upbringing, including piano, choir conducting and musicology. The singer started his career as a baritone, which gave his voice its peculiar and rich tone-color. He now works as a lyrical tenor thanks to Christian Tréguier, who guided him through the change of tessitura, and also works with Janine Reiss and Anne-Marie Fontaine.

Well-known for his interpretation of the french repertory (Faust, Don José, Roméo…), he is often invited to perform at the international opera houses. In great favor amongst well-known conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling or Helmut Rilling, Jean-Noël Briend has recorded with them some works including Les Noces/Stravinsky, Catulli Carmina/Carl Orff, Jeanne au Bucher/Honegger…

During the last season the tenor has made his debut at the Stuttgart Staatsoper as Faust (Faust Damnation, Berlioz), role that he also sang with the Münchner Philharmoniker at the Münchner Gasteig aside the great baritone José van Dam and the conductor Stéphane Denève.

Singing the role of Don José more than 60 times enabled Jean-Noël Briend to travel throughout the world, including Japan, Germany, Egypt and Qatar...

During the season 2012-2013, he performs in Berlin (Berliner Philharmonie), Madrid (Teatro Real), Luzern (KKL), Strasbourg (Palais de la Musique), Stuttgart (Staatsoper), Bordeaux (Opera National), Warsaw (Concert Hall)… and will make his debut as Hoffmann – Hoffmann’s Tales/ Offenbach - in 2014 at the Teatro Real Madrid. The great Christophe Marthaler will be the director of this production and Sylvain Cambreling the conductor.

During the season 2013-2014 he had the opportunity to show his narrow links with the contemporary music: he sang the role of Orso in the world creation of the opera Colomba of Jean-Claude Petit at the Opera of Marseille

He was also Colin male leading part in the opera l’Écume des Jours of Edison Denisov at the Opera of Stuttgart with Sylvain Cambreling and Jossi Wieler

He interpretes Berlioz’s Faust at the Opera of Lübeck with Anthony Pilavachi as director in 2015 then he made there his debuts as Florestan in September, 2015 and sings Hoffmann in November, 2015.


He creates with big success the role of Walter Benjamin in Michel Tabachnik’s  Benjamin,dernière  nuit in John Fulljames's direction  with the conductor Bernhard Kontarsky in March, 2016 in the Opera of Lyon which invites another time for Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher beside Audrey Bonnet and Denis Podalydès in Roméo Castellucci's direction.

He sung the role of Ismaele at the Opera of  Saint-Etienne in June, 2016 and Pollione in November, 2016.
Sylvain Cambreling invited him to sing Frère Élie in Messaien's St François d'Assise with the YSNO in November 2017 at Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and Biwako Hall (Otsu). This St François has been selected as the best performance among all the classical music performances held in Japan during 2017, by the voting of 40 Japanese music critics.
From December 2017 until August 2018, he sings Hoffmann in Fribourg (CH) and several theaters in France. He sung Ismaele for one performance in Theater Ulm in Februar 2018.
He will be Porcus, le Clerc, Heraut 1 in Jeanne au Bûcher under the baton of Stéphane Denève with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in September 2018

He speaks French, German, English and Spanish and understand Italian.