Rodolphe Briand began his career as an actor/singer. In 1994, under the guidance of Jean‑Pierre Blivet, he decided to focus his efforts on opera, entering the École d’Art Lyrique and then the Paris Opera’s Centre de formation lyrique. In 1997, he won the Concours International de Marseille. He has participated in numerous productions which have showcased his abilities as an actor and his talents as a tenor: His roster of roles includes Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon (at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Munich, Milan’s La Scala, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo and the Nantes / Angers Opera); Falsacappa in the Jérôme Deschamps production of Offenbach’s Brigands (in Bordeaux and Nancy); Sancho in Mitch Leigh’s Man of La Mancha (at the Liège Opera alongside José Van Dam and then in Reims and Avignon); the four valets in Contes d’Hoffmann (at the Nancy Opera, the Rhine Opera, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Monte Carlo Opera, the Beijing Opera, and Milan’s La Scala), Spalanzani (at the Paris Opera and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam); Le Remendado in Carmen (at Milan’s La Scala de Milan, the Chorégies d’Orange, La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Bardolfo in Falstaff (in Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Lausanne, Monte Carlo and the Paris Opera); Trabuco in La Forza del destino, Joe in La Fanciulla del West, the Madman in Wozzeck, Pompeo in Benvenuto Cellini, and Spoletta in Tosca (at the Paris Opera), Nick in La Fanciulla del West (at the Monte Carlo Opera), and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte on an international tour with Ivan Fischer conducting. Throughout his career, Rodolphe Briand has nurtured a particular fondness for operetta, performing the roles of Ménélas in La Belle Hélène, John Styx in Orphée aux Enfers (at the Bordeaux Opera), Fritz and Prince Paul in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, the Brazilian in La Vie parisienne, and the title role in Léo Delibes’s Roi Pétaud. He has made forays into the Wagnerian repertoire, singing the role of Mime in Rheingold in Monte Carlo and he appeared in the world premiere productions of Philippe Fénelon’s JJR, citoyen de Genève at the Grand Théâtre in Genève and Luca Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort at the Palais Garnier.
Madame Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Spalanzani), Manon, Adriana Lecouvreur (the Abbé de Chazeuil) at the Paris Opera, and Le Nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.