Beethoven 2020 – Amor conjugale – Bonn

Bonn Beethovenfest  – World conference center – September 23rd – 8 PM

Cancelled due to covid19 crisis

The Bavarian composer Johann Simon Mayr, aka Giovanni Simone Mayr after achieving fame and glory in Italy, set Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s Leonore text as a ‘farse sentimentale’ entitled ‘L’amor coniugale’. It was premièred in Padua on 26 July 1805, nine months after Paër’s ‘Leonora’ and four months before Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’. The librettist, Gaetano Rossi, shifted the French revolutionary material to 17th-century Poland, gave the characters different names and replaced the spoken dialogue with secco recitatives. He also watered down the revolutionary liberation of the plot in favour of a private love intrigue: an unscrupulous prison warden imprisons Florestan solely to get his hands on the latter’s wife.

David Stern will conduct Opera Fuoco in this new edition of this comic opera to celebrate the Beethoven’s year.

TRIBUTE TO ISAAC STERN – Philharmonie de Paris


Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris – October 1st 2020 – 8:30 PM

To celebrate Isaac Stern’s centenary, David Stern will conduct a tribute concert in Paris Philharmonie with pieces from Bach to Mendelssohn.

Mayr – Amor Conjugale – Levallois

Levallois – Salle Ravel – November 29th 2020 – 8:30 PM

Premiered in Padua and Venice in 1805, it presents a lighter version of the same material – “a farsa sentimentale” by the master from Ingolstadt, who is also known as the father of bel canto. David Stern and Opera Fuoco will feature its studio singers and period-instrument orchestra from Paris in bringing this well-crafted and amusing work back to life.


Season 2019/20

Tribute to Isaac Stern

Date: 1st October 2020

Time: 20:30

Location: Philharmonie de Paris


Tribute to Isaac Stern


Johann Sebastian Bach
Double violin concerto in D minor, BWV 1043
Joseph Haydn
Violin concerto, Hob VIIa : 1
Felix Mendelssohn
String symphony n° 7

Violin – Stéphanie-Marie Degand 

Violin – Katharina Wolff 

Musical direction – David Stern

Opera Fuoco Orchestra

Bernstein – Candide

Date: 6th November 2020

Time: 20h30

Location: Centre Culturel Jean Vilar - Marly-le-Roi


Bernstein – Candide

Candide – Étienne Duhil de Benaze 

Cunégonde – Milena Bischoff 

Old Lady – Anne-Lise Polchlopek

Maximilian – Olivier Bergeron

Paquette – Cécile Madelin

Pangloss/Voltaire – Matthieu Walendzik 

The Governor/Vander Dendur – Marco Angioloni 

Actor – François Macherey 

Piano – Karolos Zouganelis 

Musical direction – David Stern

Stage direction  – Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen

Mayr – Amor conjugale – Levallois

Date: 29th November 2020

Time: 20:30

Location: Salle Ravel - Levallois


Mayr – Amor conjugale – Levallois

Giovanni Simone Mayr

L’Amor conjugale – concert version

European tour

Zeliska (Malvino) – Chantal Santon Jeffery 
Amorveno – Andres Agudelo
Ardelao – Bastien Rimondi 
Peters – Olivier Gourdy 
Floreska – Natalie Pérez 
Moroski – Adrien Fournaison

Musical direction – David Stern 
Opera Fuoco 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.



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

New review – Turandot – PBO 2020

” (…) 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

Puccini – Turandot – Palm Beach opera – 25/01/2020

“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
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 ?

`New release

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Cantates Romantiques

Cherubini, Boisselot, Hérold

Karine Deshayes  / Opera Fuoco

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