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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    Monteclair: La Mort de Didon / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 8901280 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Monteclair
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Monique Zanetti,  Jean-Francois Gardeil  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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    Rameau / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    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
    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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  • 6.
    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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    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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    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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    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 / 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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    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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    Brossard: Grands Motets / Coin, Accentus, Et Al
    Label: Laborie   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sébastien de Brossard
    Performer:  Delphine Collot,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Jérôme Corréas,  Gilles Ragon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Limoges Baroque Ensemble
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    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Otter, Delunsch, Minkowski
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 204 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Sylvie Brunet,  Charlotte Hellekant,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 4
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67336 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Il Combattimento Di Tancredi, Etc / Christie
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951426 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Adrian Brand,  Françoise Semellaz,  Nicolas Rivenq,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 3
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67335 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Stephen Varcoe,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
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    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 2
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67334 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Graham Johnson,  Stella Doufexis,  Geraldine McGreevy
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    Gluck: Orphée Et Euridice / Fouchécourt, Dubosc, Le Blanc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660185-86 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Catherine Dubosc,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
    Conductor:  Ryan Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Lafayette Orchestra,  Opera Lafayette Chorus
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    Lully: Atys (Extraits) / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951249 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Guillemette Laurens,  Jean-Francois Gardeil,  Guy de Mey,  Bernard Delétré  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Massenet: Herodiade / Plasson, Studer, Hampson, Heppner
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 55378 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Cheryl Studer,  José Van Dam,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus,  Bilbao Choral Society
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    Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner: Faust / Sado, Caton, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 80234 Release Date: 10/31/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Frédéric Caton,  Angelika Kirchschlager
    Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Chorus
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    Le Camus: Airs De Cour / Gens, Fouchécourt, Monteilhet
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61674 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sébastien Le Camus
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Pascal Monteilhet,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
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    Musique À Versailles - Rameau: Pigmalion, Etc /Niquet, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61539 Release Date: 05/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,  Sandrine Piau,  Greta de Reyghère,  Nicole Fournié
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
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    Musique A Versailles - Couperin: Motets / Rousset, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61530 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Florence Malgoire,  Caroline Pelon,  Sandrine Piau,  Odile Edouard  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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