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 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 Le Nozze di Figaro with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the Lucerne Festival; Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden, Blind Die Fledermaus and L’enfant et les Sortileges at the Saito Kinen Festival; a double bill of L'Enfant/L’Heure espagnole at Teatro alla Scala Milan.

Engagements in 2016/17 include Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra at the BBC Proms and at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André, L’enfant et les Sortileges at the Saito Kinen Festival and with the Seattle Symphony, and De Falla’s Retablo de Maese with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Further ahead Jean-Paul will perform with the Berlin Philharmonic and 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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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,, 21st December 2015
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt played the perfect cameo as Monsieur Triquet... Mark Pullinger,, 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).", 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