Born in Corsica, Jean-François Marras began studying music at the age of fourteen with traditional Corsican vocal music and guitar. When he was sixteen he turned to opera and began studying with the baritone Jean-Paul Grisoni. In 2008 he entered the Conservatoire of the 12th arondissement in Paris where he studied singing with Didier Henry and drama with Carole Bergen. During these early student years he sang, among other roles, Pietro and the Duc de Mantou in Offenbach’s Les Brigands; Benedict in Beatrice and Benedict; Nadir in The Pearl Fishers and the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites both at the Conservatoire and elsewhere. In October 2013, he entered the Paris Conservatoire and studied with Chantal Mathias. He then went on to sing the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann and the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. Since October 2014, he has been studying for a degree in Opera Studies with Isabelle Guillaud. He joined the Paris Opera Academy in September 2016. During the 2016 / 2017 season, he took part in Academy concerts at the Bastille Amphitheatre and at the Palais Garnier and, in November 2016, sang Lechmere in Britten’s Owen Wingrave; Momus followed by Lycurgue in Les Fêtes d’Hébé by Jean-Philippe Rameau in March 2017 at the Amphitheatre as well as the tenor solo in Mozart’s Requiem in April 2017 in Pau and Verdi’s Requiem in June of the same year in Pau and Pampelune with the Orchestra of Pau Pays de Béarn.