Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

Biography

French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is one of the leading singers on the early music scene and one of the most successful performers of the high tenor (in French haute-contre) roles in French Baroque opera. He began studying music at the age of ten and initially chose the saxophone as his main area of concentration. He became a professional saxophonist, teaching on the university level and actively performing. Then, after a brief period as a Read more conductor, he had a fortuitous meeting with the soprano Cathy Berberian, who urged him to devote himself to singing full time. Around the same time, he met conductor William Christie, who in the mid-'80s was just beginning to attract attention by reviving French Baroque operas. Fouchécourt has collaborated with Christie and his ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in numerous performances and recordings. Fouchécourt has also worked with other early music specialists, including Martin Gester, Herve Niquet, Philippe Herreweghe, Rene Jacobs, Nicholas McGegan, Christophe Rousset, and Marc Minkowski. Under the baton of Minkowski, Fouchécourt sang the role of Hippolyte in a recording of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie (nominated for Gramophone's Best Early Opera Award). He has appeared in major international opera houses and concert halls, including the Opéra de Paris, the Théâtre du Chatelet, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Théâtre de Lausanne, the Opera de Lyon, Amsterdam Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman and he recorded Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias with Seiji Ozawa. He received international attention for his interpretation of the title role in Rameau's Platée ou Junon jalouse in a joint production of the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Other projects include a disc of French romances from the nineteenth century. Fouchécourt also formed the Novalis Vocal Quartet with his colleagues from the Paris Baroque scene Bernard Deletré, Veronique Gens, and Brigitte Vinson, and taught at the Paris Conservatory from 1994 to 1997. Read less
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    Rameau / Christie, Les Arts Florissants [10 CD-Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 908700 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Adrian Brand,  Jean-Claude Sarragosse,  Sophie Daneman,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Rameau - The Opera Collection [27-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 636487 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Anna Maria Panzarella,  Mark Padmore,  Eirian James  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Jean-François Paillard,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / Christie, Argenta, Dawson, Daniels
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501308 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Noémi Rime,  Charles Daniels,  Mark Le Brocq,  Christophe Le Paludier  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Massenet: Werther / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 359542 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Thomas Hampson,  Patricia Petibon,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tiffin Children's Choir
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    Rameau: Les Fetes D'hebe / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564658873 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Gaëlle Mechaly,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Laurent Slaars  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 7.
    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prêtre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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    Michel Plasson & L'Opera Francais [38-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 36363 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Denize,  Gary Lakes,  José Van Dam,  Hildegard Behrens  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus  ... 
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    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59880 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Steve Dugardin,  Jonathan Arnold,  Sophie Marin-Degor,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Massenet: Herodiade / Plasson, Studer, Hampson, Heppner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 59835 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Ben Heppner,  Martine Olmeda,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus,  Bilbao Choral Society
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    Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie / Minkowski, Fouchecourt, Gens, Fink
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001572102 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Véronique Gens,  Bernarda Fink,  Jacques Des Longchamps  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Sagittarius Vocal Ensemble
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    Offenbach: Orphee Aux Enfers, La Belle Helene / Minkowski, Dessay, Lott
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107506 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Cassandre Berthon,  Laurent Naouri,  Steven Cole,  Yann Beuron  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenoble Chamber Orchestra,  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Offenbach: Orphee Aux Enfers / Minkowski, Dessay, Fouchecourt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48233 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Laurent Naouri,  Yann Beuron,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus,  Grenoble Chamber Orchestra
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    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Offenbach: Orphee Aux Enfers / Dessay, Beuron
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107105 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Laurent Naouri,  Steven Cole,  Yann Beuron,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra,  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Grenoble Chamber Orchestra
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    Roi Des Sylphes - Rebel, Francouer / Zelindor, Brown, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660224 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francois Rebel
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  William Sharp,  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Ah Young Hong
    Conductor:  Ryan Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Lafayette Orchestra
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    Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Ma mère l'oye / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64197 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Soren Von Billerbeck,  José Van Dam,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Sylke Schwab  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Purcell Edition, Vol. 1: Dido And Aeneas; King Arthur; The Fairy Queen
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692016 Release Date: 03/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Steve Dugardin,  Jonathan Arnold,  Sophie Marin-Degor,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne / Devellereau, Canniccioni, Wesseling
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19301 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Maria Riccarda Wesseling,  Laurent Naouri,  Marc Callahan,  Marie Devellereau  ... 
    Conductor:  Sébastien Rouland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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    200 Years of Music at Versailles - A Journey to the Heart of French Baroque
    Label: Centre De Musique Baroque De Versai   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 10/07/2008   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Guillaume Lasceux,  Nicolas Séjean,  Henri-Joseph Rigel  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry,  Alain Buet,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Philippe Do  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jérémie Rhorer,  Jérôme Corréas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles,  Les Folies Françoises,  Les Agrémens  ... 
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    Rameau: Pigmalion, Grands Motets / Niquet, Fouchécourt, De Reyghere, Piau, Gens
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 22027 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Hervé Lamy,  Stephan Imbodem,  Marcos Loureiro de Sa  ... 
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
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    Liszt: Faust Episodes; Wagner, Berlioz / Yutaka Sado
    Label: Elatus   Catalog: 739028 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Frédéric Caton
    Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Chorus,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Rameau: Operatic Arias / Brown, Fouchécourt, Lafayette
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557993 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
    Conductor:  Ryan Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Lafayette Orchestra
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    Offenbach: Operetta Highlights / Minkowski, Dessay, Lott
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91344 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Natalie Dessay,  Yann Beuron,  Etienne Lescroart  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Massenet: Werther / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 81849 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Jean-Phillipe Courtis,  Christopher Wayne,  James Savage-Hanford,  Kirsty Gifford  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin Children's Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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