Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Torquemada) has sung in the major opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Choregies d’Orange, Edinburgh Festival, Opéra de Lyon, Saito Kinen Festival, Salzburg Festival, and at the BBC Proms. He has performed with major orchestras with many conductors including William Christie, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, and Simon Rattle. Mr. Fouchécourt is acknowledged for his interpretation of French Baroque repertory and can be heard on more than 100 recordings. He passes on his expertise to young singers as Artistic Director of the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. In 2014–15 and beyond he sings Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Saito Kinen Festival, in addition to singing a double bill of the two works at Teatro alla Scala Milan. Other recent and upcoming appearances include Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro in concerts and a recording for Universal Music with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bardolfo in Falstaff with the Bamberg Symphony, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin at Covent Garden, and Blind in Die Fledermaus in Saito Kinen. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.