Le ténor Jean-François Novelli se distingue par ses marquantes apparitions.
Bruno Maury - baroquiades.com
The French tenor Jean-François Novelli, winner of the Concours Général, holder of a Master's degree in Musicology from the Sorbonne, First Prize in recorder, graduated of the CNSMD in Paris in singing and ADAMI young talent, turned quite naturally - from his first instrument - to early music, which he has practised and continues to practise with great passion. His thirty or so recordings and DVDs with Philippe Pierlot, Christophe Rousset, Gerard Lesne, Hervé Niquet, or with the Lunaisiens, an ensemble he co-directed for ten years, bear witness to this. His latest recital disc, released in 2018 (Silentium), is devoted to a musical anthology around the size voice.
His recent engagements include the roles of Remendado (Carmen) at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Torquemada (L'heure espagnole) on tour in Italy (Operas of Brescia, Como, Cremona and Pavia), the Herald (Godard's Dante) at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, or Telemaco and Pisandro (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria) at the Opéra Massimo in Palermo and at the Théâtre Royal de Versailles.
His love of the stage led him to study clowning with Françoise Simon and Raphaël Almosni and theatre with Olivier Broche. He explores and exploits these teachings with delight in his own projects: Croustilleux la Fontaine, a recital of theatrical songs based on the licentious tales of Jean de La Fontaine, directed by Juliette, and recently, Ma vie de ténor (a novel that interests me a lot) based on a text by Berlioz on the singer's ego, directed by Olivier Broche.
His next eponymous album based on the licentious tales of Jean de La Fontaine, with music by Antoine Sahler, from the show Croustilleux La Fontaine, will be released in October 2021, with Juliette as producer. He has 'taken advantage' of the lock down to work on a project about the first re-discoverers of early music at the dawn of the 20th century with Maude Gratton on piano; this record (Vous souvenez vous ?) will be released in spring 2022.
He is represented by RSB Artists since 2013.