Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire.

Engagements this season and beyond include Le Remendado Carmen at the Royal Opera House , L’heure espagnole with the London Symphony Orchestra under Francois Xavier Roth and a return to the Royal Opera.

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Jean-Paul’s 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.

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.



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    MAURICE RAVEL L'heure espagnole

    Label: SWR Music

    Release Date: 09 Sep 16

    Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
    Stéphane Denève (conductor)

    MAURICE RAVEL Orchestral Works Vol. 4

    RAVEL ‘Shéhérazade’
    Stéphanie D’Oustrac (soprano)

    RAVEL ‘L’heure espagnole’ / ‘Die spanische Stunde’
    Concepción: Stéphanie D’Oustrac
    Torquemada: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
    Ramiro: Alexandre Duhamel
    Don Inigo Gomez: Paul Gay
    Gonzalve: Yann Beuron

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    RAVEL: L'enfant et les sortilèges; Ma mère l'Oye

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 02 Mar 09

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Rundfunkchor
    Conductor: Simon Rattle

    With Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Nathalie Stutzmann, Sophie Koch, José van Dam, François Le Roux and Mojca Erdmann

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    06 Feb 18 BIZET Carmen
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    “…Pierre Doyen and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, as Le Dancaïre and Le Remendado, stand out…”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 8 February 2018

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    01 Jun 17 RAVEL 'L'enfant et les sortilèges' Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle

    “…always brilliant tenor-actor Jean-Paul Fouchecourt”
    Rebecca Brown, The Stranger, 2 June 2017

    “the cast was uniformly strong … Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (a star of French Baroque opera, hilarious in his turns as the torn math book and the tree frog)”
    Thomas May, Memeteria, 4 June 2017

    “the distinguished roster of singers included … tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt”
    Philippa Kiraly, CityArts, 2 June 2017

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    30 Jul 16 BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette' John Eliot Gardiner
    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

    “Jean-Paul Fouchécourt the elegant, witty tenor”
    Tim Ashley, Guardian, 1 August 2016

    “The three French-speaking soloists – Julie Boulianne, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and Laurent Naouri – had the style at their fingertips.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 1 August 2016

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    21 Dec 15 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, 21 December 2015

    “Jean-Paul Fouchécourt played the perfect cameo as Monsieur Triquet…”
    Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com, 20 December 2016

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    01 Oct 10 BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

    “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

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    01 Mar 10 CHABRIER 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

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    01 Sep 08 RAVEL L'Enfant et les Sortileges cond. 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