Julien Behr was born in Lyon in 1982. He entered the Boys Choir of the Lyon Cathedral when he was six. He graduated from Lyon University with a degree in business law. He however abandoned his plans to become a lawyer in order to devote himself to music. In 2010 he graduated his singing studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He was awarded "singers' revelation of the year" in 2009 by the French musicians' association ADAMI and was among the three nominees in the category "singers' revelation of the year" at the Victoires de la musique classique in 2013. He currently works with Cécile de Boever.
Mr. Behr’s passion for theater – he has played roles since his early childhood – logically lead him to the opera. The year 2009 was highlighted by his debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. He performed subsequently Così fan tutte (Ferrando) on tour throughout France; Weber’s Abu Hassan (title role) at the Besançon Opera; Idomeneo (Arbace) at the Mozartwoche Salzburg as well as in Lyon and Grenoble with Les Musiciens du Louvre, under the baton of Marc Minkowski; Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) at the Rouen Opera and at the Theater St. Gallen, Acis and Galatea (Acis) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; and Les contes d’Hoffmann (Nathanael) at the Theater an der Wien. In 2012–2013, he performed Così fan tutte at the Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy), The Merry Widow (Camille de Rossillon) at the Avignon Opera and Ciboulette (Antonin) at the Opéra Comique Paris. Further plans include Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra national de Bordeaux and at Minnesota Opera, Idomeneo (Arbace) at the Theater an der Wien and at the Opéra national de Lyon, as well as Ciboulette at the Saint-Etienne Opera.
In concert, Julien Behr has collaborated with orchestras such as Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Les Arts Florissants, the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and with conductors such as Alain Altinoglu, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Josep Pons, Jérémie Rhorer and Sébastien Rouland. In 2013 he will take part in the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées performing Fauré’s Pénélope in concert version.
Performances with Minnesota Opera