Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

Introduction

Jean-Paul Fouchecourt is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire. His performances and over one hundred recordings including works by Rameau, Lully and Campra have received huge acclaim. He has also mastered repertoire from Berlioz to Offenbach, Ravel, Britten and Verdi.

His career has taken him to major opera houses and orchestras around the world. He has performed numerous roles with Les Arts Florissants under the baton of artistic director William Christie, Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski, Netherlands Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Antwerp Opera, Paris Opera, Aix en Provence Festival, Choregies d’Orange, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Edinburgh Festival, Opera de Lyon, Geneva Opera, Salzburg Festival, Berlin Philharmonic, Opera de Bordeaux, Saito Kinen Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and BBC Proms. Conductors with whom he has worked include James Levine, Marc Minkowski, William Christie, Rene Jacobs, Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon and Sir Simon Rattle. 

Recent engagements include Bardolfo in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the Lucerne Festival; Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden, Blind in Die Fledermaus in Saito Kinen, a double bill of L'Enfant/L’Heure espagnole at Teatro alla Scala Milan and Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in London and at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André. Forthcoming Jean-Paul will perform L’enfant et les Sortileges at the Saito Kinen Festival, with the Seattle Symphony and with the Berlin Philharmonic, and will make his return to Covent Garden.

Jean-Paul now dedicates part of his time to passing on his expertise to young singers and is now Artistic Director of the Studio de l’Opera de Lyon.

This is for information only. Please contact Camilla Wehmeyer for an up-to-date biography.

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Schedule

Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, MATSUMOTO

RAVEL 'L'enfant et les sortilèges'

Conductor: Eric Melear
Director: David Kneuss

Child: Marie Lenormand
Armchair/Tree: Toshiaki Komada
Mother/Chinese cup/Dragonfly: Mayumi Makino
Fire/Princess/Nightingale: Anna Christy
Cat/Squirrel: Taeko Shimizu
Grandfather Clock/Tomcat: Hidekazu Machi
Teapot/Little Old Man/Frog: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Louis XV Chair/ Bat: Eriko Kuribayashi
Shepherdess: Rena Fujii

Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, MATSUMOTO

RAVEL 'L'enfant et les sortilèges'

Conductor: Eric Melear
Director: David Kneuss

Child: Marie Lenormand
Armchair/Tree: Toshiaki Komada
Mother/Chinese cup/Dragonfly: Mayumi Makino
Fire/Princess/Nightingale: Anna Christy
Cat/Squirrel: Taeko Shimizu
Grandfather Clock/Tomcat: Hidekazu Machi
Teapot/Little Old Man/Frog: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Louis XV Chair/ Bat: Eriko Kuribayashi
Shepherdess: Rena Fujii

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Press

Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The stand-out performance was for me Jean-Paul Fouchécourt’s deliciously stylish Monsieur Triquet, sung with such perfect attention to words and line that I longed to hear it again. Mark Berry, Seenandheard-international.com, 21st December 2015
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt played the perfect cameo as Monsieur Triquet... Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com, 20th December 2016

Romeo et Juliette, conducted by Charles Dutoit

LA Philharmonic Orchestra

"while tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt strode into the midst of the orchestra and tossed off his Mercutio lines with panache (and from memory)."

Classact.typepad.com, October 2010
"Jean-Paul Fouchécourt effectively delivered the Queen Mab vocal scherzetto’s tricky rhythms at lightening speed."

Instantencore.com, October 2010
"Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, singing from memory and standing in the middle of the strings, gave a dazzling theatrical account of Mab."

LA Times, October 2010
" Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, singing from memory and standing in the middle of the strings, gave a dazzling theatrical account of Mab."


LA Times, October 2010

New York City Opera - L'Etoile

New York City Opera

"The tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt offered a dramatically and vocally strong performance as King Ouf, singing with flair during the zany impalement song."

The New York Times, March 2010

L'Enfant et les Sortileges, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

“Jean-Paul Fouchécourt was as wickedly winning a presence as one would expect”.

Seen and Heard International Concert Review, September 2008

Recordings