Jean-Paul Fouchécourt


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.

Engagements in the 13/14 season and beyond include his return to Covent Garden as Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as Les Mamelles de Tiresias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin in concert in St Petersburg.

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).

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