In the 2013/14 Season French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt sings Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera. He made his debut with the Company in the title role in Platée in a performance at the Barbican with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has since sung Astrologer (The Golden Cockerel), the four servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Le Remendado (Carmen) for The Royal Opera.
Fouchécourt was born in Blanzy and worked as a conductor and saxophonist before retraining as a singer. He began his career with Les Arts Florissants in 1986 and has since established a career as one of the leading interpreters of French Baroque repertory. In addition, he sings many character tenor roles in Classical, Romantic and modern opera. He works with ensembles and companies including Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Opéra de Lyon and De Vlaamse Opera, at the Edinburgh, Salzburg and Saito Kinen festivals and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra nationale de France and at the BBC Proms. He has performed Platée with companies around the world. Other roles include Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin), roles in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Le Roi Ouf I (L’Étoile).
Fouchécourt is a founding member of the Novalis Vocal Quartet and taught at the Paris Conservatoire from 1994 to 1997. He is currently Artist Director of the Studio de L’Opéra de Lyon.
News and features
3 September 2013
French tenor to replace Joshua Ellicott in role of Don Basilio.