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.
Jean-Louis Pichon gives him the role of Ismaele at the Opera of Saint-Etienne for June, 2016 as well as Pollione for November, 2016 and Lohengrin for June, 2017.