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.

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).

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

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KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne

VERDI - Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri - Falstaff
Fabio Capitanucci - Ford
Paolo Fanale - Fenton
Emanuele Giannino - Dr. Cajus
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt - Bardolfo
Federico Sacchi - Pistola
Eva Mei - Mrs. Alice Ford
Carolina Ullrich - Nanetta
Elisabeth Kulman - Mrs. Quickly
Jana Kurucová - Mrs. Meg Page

Jonathan Nott - conductor
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Zurich Opera Chorus

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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