May 13th 2020 – Salle Ravel , Levallois
Cancelled due to covid19 crisis
The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais was transformed by Mozart and his Italian librettist Da Ponte. Nevertheless, the original political intentions of the work were undermined by the imperial censure of Mozart’s Vienna. In Eric Emmanuel Schmitt’s revisited French text, he looks to revive the biting character of the original libretto without losing the beauty of the musical score. Excerpts of this new re-tanslation were performed in Paris’s Rive Gauche Theater in 2015 by Opera Fuoco and David Stern, who was intrigued by the subtle differences between Da Ponte and Schmitt. This performance will be a premiere of the integral Marriage de Figaro by Mozart and Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, reuniting the spirits of the 18th and 21st centuries.
Marseille Opera – June 21st 2020, 4 PM
David Stern offers a program to Marseille’s audience that promises to be brilliant! From Dutilleux to Brahms, two essential symphonies, extraordinary and exciting, that explore different shades of the symphonic language.
Tanglewood Music Festival – July 26th 2020 at 2:30 PM
Cancelled due to covid19 – crisis.
In order to celebrate Isaac Stern’s centenary, his sons David and Michael will be conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a special gala concert at the Tanglewood Festival
Start date: 17th June 2020
End date: 21st June 2020
Location: Opéra de Marseille
Henri Dutilleux – Symphony n°2
Johannes Brahms – Symphony n°4
Date: 26th July 2020
Location: Tanglewood Music Festival
Start date: 4th August 2020
End date: 25th August 2020
David Stern's musical leadership is spread across three continents. Whether conducting a major symphony orchestra, baroque opera, teaching vocal master classes or defending cultural activities, Stern keeps his musicians, students and audiences riveted by sharing his strong musical convictions, his flexibility of approach and his belief that music is relevant and indeed essential in today's world. He is the founder and director of the Paris-based opera studio and period-instrument ensemble Opera Fuoco, as well as artistic adviser and chief conductor of the Shanghai Baroque Festival and chief conductor of the Palm Beach Opera in Florida.
“After the conclusion of the famous Overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Palm Beach Opera chief conductor David Stern invited the orchestra to stand to receive the applause. (…) The Overture, fortunately, was not marred by any madcap antics on stage, full of crisp string playing, such as in the mock-sinister minor-key theme that sounds like snipping barber scissors. (…) Stern led a spirited performance, with thumps of drums and cymbals, through crescendos and accelerandos, that gave the opera a propulsive start.”
” (…) Chief Conductor David Stern brings out the score’s varied moods, contrasting the chaotic populace with the contemplative reminiscences of the trio of officials, Ping, Pang and Pong, and the pathos of the plight of Timur and Liù.”
David M.Rice – Classical Source
“Under chief conductor David Stern, the Palm Beach Opera orchestra did its usual excellent work. The outstanding string section played with transparent delicacy in Puccini’s shimmering harmonies. Soft-edged winds, stark brass and clanging percussion all contributed to bringing out the power and variety of Puccini’s richly colored score.”
South Florida Classical Review
Florian Leopold Gassmann – Ah, ingrato Amor (Opera arias & sinfonias) – CPO, 2020
Ania Vegry / David Stern & NDR Radiophilharmonie
`New releaseOPERA FUOCO – APARTÉ
Opera Fuoco’s latest recording features three former members of the Opera Fuoco studio, Lea Desandré, Natalie Perez, Chantal Santon and the Opera Fuoco orchestra conducted by David Stern. Berenice, che fai? is a compilation of late Baroque and early Classical works based principally on Metastasio’s famous 18th-century opera scene « Ah Berenice » from his opera Antigono.
Not only was the scene set to music by such composers as Haydn and Hasse, but also by Antonio Maria Mazzoni and Marianna Martinez, a composer of Spanish descent who was widely connected to the Viennese music scene and, for a time, lived in the same noble house as Metastasio and Haydn at Grosse Michelstrasse. The young Mozart’s concert aria « Berenice » and Johann Christian Bach’s aria « Confusa, smarrita» from the composer’s lost pasticcio opera, Berenice, as well as Hasse’s Antigono overture complement the program.
Cherubini, Boisselot, Hérold
Karine Deshayes / Opera Fuoco