Rodolphe Briand began his career as an actor/singer and director of the theater company « Les Galas Panique ». He took part in many shows at the Avignon Festival and in different Parisian theatres. He performed for example in How much is your Iron? by Brecht, La Cagnotte by Labiche, La Fausse suivante by Marivaux at the Comédie Française, Le Bébé de Monsieur Laurent by Roland Topor… At the same time, he appeared in several musicals: Le Tour du Monde en 80 jours, Cats, Les Misérables, Kiss me Kate…
In 1994, Rodolphe Briand began a career in opera by taking voice lessons with Jean-Pierre Blivet. He then got into the Ecole d’Art Lyrique and the Paris National Opera’s Centre de Formation Lyrique. In 1997, he won the Concours International de Marseille.
Since then, his great acting and singing skills led him to sing on all the main international stages. In France, he sung at the Chorégies d’Orange (Carmen), at the Opéra de Lyon (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Hamlet and Louise), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Die Fledermaus), at the Capitole in Toulouse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Homme de la Mancha), in Bordeaux (Les Brigands / Falsacappa by Offenbach in Jérôme Deschamps’ production, La Belle Hélène, Orphée aux Enfers), Strasbourg (Turandot /Altoum, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Falstaff / Bardolfo, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein / Fritz, La Belle Hélène), in Avignon (Die Zauberflöte / Monostatos, Evgenij Onegin / Monsieur Triquet), Madama Butterfly / Goro, La Forza del Destino / Trabucco), in Nancy (Les Brigands, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Evgenij Onegin), in Nice (La Grande Duchesse), in Monte-Carlo (Falstaff, L’Homme de la Mancha, La Fanciula del West, Tosca and Das Rheingold / Mime).
Regularly invited by the Paris National Opera, he has sung there Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Forza del destino, Die Zauberflöte, Werther, Benvenuto Cellini, Tosca, Madama Butterfly…
He has also been seen on the most prestigious international stages, such as the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Manon Lescaut, Tosca / Spoletta, Jean-Jacques Rousseau a creation by Philippe Fénelon, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein), in Lausanne (Tom Jones, Falstaff, Le Chanteur de Mexico), in Liège (Falstaff, The Man of la Mancha / Sancho by Mitch Leigh alongside José Van Dam’s Don Quichotte, Les Contes d’Hoffmann / The Four Valets, La Périchole, La Vie parisienne, Andrea Chénier / Incredibile), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Manon / Guillot de Morfontaine), the Teatro la Fenice in Venice (Carmen / Remendado), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Manon), the Teatro Petruzelli in Bari (Dialogues des Carmélites / L’Aumônier), the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester (Manon), Beijing (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Sao Paulo (Carmen), Manon at the Opéra Comique, Die Zauberflöte at the Sanxay’s Festival, Tosca, Falstaff and Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Monte Carlo, Carmen at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Barkouf by Offenbach in Strasbourg, Turandot at the Opéra de Marseille, Le Nozze di Figaro and La Vie Parisienne at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Falstaff in Aix-en-Provence.
He has been invited by the conductor Ivan Fischer to take part in the productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte on tour in Budapest, Berlin, New York (Mostly Mozart Festival), Abu Dhabi… In 2009, he appeared in the production of Carmen (Remendado) conducted by Daniel Barenboim that opened the season of the Teatro all Scala. In Milan he also sang Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Manon.
He recently performed La Vie Parisienne in Tours and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Manon at the Opéra de Paris, Salomé at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Hamlet at the Festival de Radio-France,
Among his upcoming projects, let us mention, La Périchole at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Toulon and in Dijon, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Le Rossignol and La Bohème also at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Vie parisienne in Limoges and Giuditta at the Opéra National du Rhin.
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