Figaro in the City on MarqueeTV

Figaro in the City is a modern-day retelling of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro: “la folle journée” is full of playful and hurtful intrigues that lead up to one of the most moving final scenes in opera history. Opera Fuoco’s young singers step into a staging that takes them away from the confines of a stage and into the city of Paris’ quirky ateliers, streets and gardens. Filmed in playback to allow for theatrical intimacy and the safety of the cast during the Covid-19 pandemic, the camera itself becomes a character, reacting to each turn of the plot. As the instrumentalists and conductor disappear, the characters move fluidly from the opening opera rehearsal atmosphere to a real-life scenario.

Puccini – La Bohème – Palm Beach Opera Festival

ITHINK Financial Amphitheatre

February 19th 7:30 PM / February 24th 7:30 PM

In February of 2021, Stern will lead performances of La Bohème and the Magic Flute in a 5000 seat open air arena, as part of the first Palm Beach Opera Festival. This innovative project will be key to bringing back live performance in the 20-21 season.


Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Palm Beach Opera Festival

ITHINK Financial Amphitheatre

February 21st – 2:00 PM/ February 26th – 7:30 PM

Known for its enduring story and infectious score, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte captures the imaginations of young and old.


Cimarosa – Il pittor parigino

Date: 17th March 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: MC2 - Grenoble


Cimarosa – Il pittor parigino

Soloists Opera Fuoco Young Artist Program  

Musical direction – David Stern

Opera Fuoco Orchestra

Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra

Start date: 18th April 2021

End date: 19th April 2021

Time: 11:00 and 19:30

Location: Lübeck Theater


Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra

Program : 

C.P.E. BACH – Symphony in D major 183/1

F. CLEMENT – Violin concerto n° 1 in D major 

P. MONTAN BERTON l’AINE – Nouvelle Chaconne in E minor

F. J. HAYDN – Symphony n°104 in D major 


Violin – Mirijam Contzen

Musical direction – David Stern

Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra



Bernstein – Candide

Date: 7th May 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Salle Ravel de Levallois


Bernstein – Candide

Soloists of Opera Fuoco Young Artist Program  

Actor – François Macherey, Niels Ohlund

Piano – Karolos Zouganelis 

Musical direction – David Stern

Stage direction  – Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen


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.



PBO Bohème’s first review

“Stern drew out Puccini’s singing phrases adroitly, providing strong, coherent support for the singers. Without a curtain coming down to produce premature applause, it was great, for once, to hear the final soft harp lines following the Mimi-Rodolfo duet in Act I and the final quiet brass chords at the conclusion. Standing to the rear of the orchestra, the small chorus sang vigorously as holiday revelers at the Café Momus and workers awaiting to enter the city’s gates on a fridged morning.”

Lawrence Budmen – South Florida Classical Review.

Read the full review here

Barbiere di Siviglia review – OPERA NEWS

“(…) The tone was set by conductor David Stern’s nicely shaped overture, taken at a moderate pace, with solo instruments given the freedom to ornament their lines. This musical approach immediately engaged fans of bel canto opera and signaled that this would not be a routine reading of a familiar score. Throughout the evening, the prospect of interesting variations never let the listener’s attention lag and each singer was able to personalize his or her character musically. Stern kept a firm had throughout the evening with a brief exception during the Act I finale, from which the ensemble quickly recovered. (…)”
Karl Hesser

Gassmann opera Arias CD review on Grammophone magazine !

Grammophone magazine’s review of David Stern’s recording with NDR Radiophilharmonie and Ania Vegry of Gassmann’s rare opera arias and scenes: “Conductor David Stern draws alert playing from the NDR Radiophilharmonie. “


Gassmann – Opera arias

Florian Leopold Gassmann – Ah, ingrato Amor (Opera arias & sinfonias) – CPO, 2020

Ania Vegry / David Stern & NDR Radiophilharmonie

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Cantates Romantiques

Cherubini, Boisselot, Hérold

Karine Deshayes  / Opera Fuoco

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