Michael Spyres & Lawrence Brownlee – Amici e rivali

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris) – January 21st 2021 – 8:00 PM

Cancelled due to Covid-19 crisis

Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Sypres, two exceptional tenors and Rossini specialists, share the stage at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Opéra Fuoco for an exceptional evening in the series of ‘Les Grands Voix’. The program presents arias and duets, masterpieces from 19th century Italian bel canto repertoire.

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.


Rivali e amici – Michael Spyres & Lawrence Brownlee

Date: 21st January 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées


Rivali e amici – Michael Spyres & Lawrence Brownlee


Tenor – Michael Spyres

Tenor – Lawrence Brownlee

Musical direction – David Stern

Opera Fuoco Orchestra

Puccini – La Bohème

Date: 19th February 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: ITHINK Financial Amphitheatre


Puccini – La Bohème

Musical direction – David Stern

Stage direction – James Robinson

Mimi – Latonia Moore

Rodolfo – Michael Fabiano

Musetta – Isabel Leonard

Marcello – Quinn Kelsey

Colline – Ryan Speedo Green

Alcindoro/Benoît – Samuel Ramey

Palm Beach Opera Orchestra

Mozart – Die Zauberflöte

Date: 21st February 2021

Time: 14:00

Location: ITHINK Financial Amphitheatre


Mozart – Die Zauberflöte

Musical direction – David Stern

Stage direction – James Robinson

Pamina – Janai Brugger

Tamino – Matthew Polenzani

Papageno – Joshua Hopkins

Queen of the Night – Kathryn Lewek

Sarastro – Morris Robinson

Papagena – Patricia Westley

Monostatos – Matthew DiBattista

First Lady – Shannon Jennings

Second Lady – Jenny Anne Flory

Third Lady – Avery Amereau

First Spirit – Emily Helenbrook

Second Spirit – SarahAnn Duffy

Third Spirit – Megan Callahan

First Priest/ Armored Man – Moisés Salazar

Palm Beach Opera Orchestra


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.



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. “

Barber of Seville – PBO 2020 – South Florida Classical Review

Palm Beach Opera’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” dress rehearsal Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

“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.”

David Fleshler


Gassmann – Opera arias

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

Ania Vegry / David Stern & NDR Radiophilharmonie

Berenice, che fai ?

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Cantates Romantiques

Cherubini, Boisselot, Hérold

Karine Deshayes  / Opera Fuoco

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