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.
Jean-Paul 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 in Chabrier’s étoile for Cincinnati, Geneva Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin and recently in Bergen. The tenor’s further roles and productions include Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; L’incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta) at the Nederlandse Opera, in Aix (under Marc Minkowski), at the Zurich Opera House (under Nikolaus Harnoncourt) and at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg; La Calisto at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (under René Jacobs); Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and at the Chorégies d’Orange; Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnol at the BBC Proms as well as L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. At the Salzburg Festival, he has performed under William Christie in Charpentier’s cantata Filius Prodigus and under René Jacobs in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
Recent engagements include Eugene Onegin (Monsieur Triquet) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio) at Covent Garden; Die Fledermaus (Blind) in Saito Kinen; a double bill of L'Enfant/L’Heure espagnole at Teatro alla Scala Milan; Falstaff (Bardolfo) with Bamberger Symphoniker; Figaro (Don Curzio) in concerts and recorded for Universal Music with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; 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, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, with l’Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin and at the Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa; Carmen (Remendado) with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Festival and in Berlin; L’heure Espagnole with San Francisco Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Josep Pons; The Tales of Hoffmann under Marc Minkowsky at Salle Playel Paris and Lacouf in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with the BBC SO, among others.
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 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).