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, 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 who 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.
Mr. Fouchecourt is well known for his portrayal of Rameau’s Platee having performed the part at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Opera de Bordeaux, Geneva Opera, New York City Opera, the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and for his King Ouff 1er Chabrier’s etoile for the Cincinnati, Geneva Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin and recently in Bergen.
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt’s recent engagements include Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin at the Paris Opera, Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette in concert with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan (Direction Sylvain Cambreling), the 3 roles of Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortileges (Théière, L’Aritmethique, La Rainette) with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Remendado in Carmen with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Festival and in Berlin, L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and l’Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin and the Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa, L’heure Espagnole with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Josep Pons, The Tales of Hoffmann under Marc Minkowsky (Salle Playel Paris), Lacouf in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with the BBC SO, among others.
In 14/15 and beyond he sings L’Heure Espagnole with the San Francisco Symphony and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, L'Enfant et les Sortileges at the Saito Kinen Festival, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro in concerts and a recording for Universal Music with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bardolfo in Falstaff with Bamberger Symphoniker, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden, Blind in Die Fledermaus in Saito Kinen and a double bill of L'Enfant/L’Heure espagnole at Teatro alla Scala Milan.
Jean-Paul recently decided to dedicate a part of his time to passing on his expertise to young singers and is now Artistic Director of the SOL (Studio de l’Opera de Lyon).