David Stern is thrilled to return to the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye in Saintes. For a romantic program of Schumann and Brahms.
Levallois – Salle Ravel – December 12th 2020 – 6:00 PM
L’amor conjugale tells the same story as Beethoven’s Fidelio, but in a charmingly different adaptation of the original French text by the Italian librettist Gaetano Rossi. In Giovanni Simone Mayr’s hand, the conjugal love is not just between the two principal characters Amorveno and Zeliska, but also between two theatrical and musical traditions, a love affair between two styles developed north and south of the alps. While the orchestration is clearly influenced by Mozart and Haydn, the vocal writing is often purely bel canto, and this blending of styles is one of the most attractive and unique attributes of the opera.
Having established himself as a teacher in Bergamo, Mayr taught a young student named Gaetano Donizetti, after which the composer from Bavaria was hailed as the father of bel canto.
After its premiere at the Teatro Nuovo in Padua in 1805, L’amor conjugale had many celebrated successes throughout Europe for decades. Simone Mayr reveals himself as an important voice in the development of the bel canto style and deserves to be recognized today for his significant contribution to the 19th century operatic repertoire. L’amor conjugale is a musical gem not to be neglected.
David Stern – Conductor
Chantal Santon Jeffery – Zeliska
Léo Vermot-Desroches – Amorveno
Natalie Pérez – Floreska
Olivier Gourdy – Peters
Halidou Nombre – Moroski
Guy Elliott – Ardelao
Opera Fuoco Orchestra
On December 2nd at Örebrö Concert Hall, David Stern conducted Mahler Symphony n°4 in G major and Canteloube Les Chants d’Auvergne with the soprano Julie Goussot. A great success for this new collaboration with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Stay tuned for more concerts in the following seasons.
Start date: 4th February 2022
End date: 8th February 2022
Location: Opéra-Théâtre de Metz (France)
Mozart – Idomeneo
Idomeneo – Krešimir ŠpicerIdamante – Adèle CharvetElettra – Marie-Adeline HenryIlia – Marianne LambertArbace – Sébastien Droy
Musical direction – David Stern
Orchestre national de Metz
Start date: 25th February 2022
End date: 27th February 2022
Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - Palm Beach
Palm Beach Opera Orchestra
Start date: 11th March 2022
End date: 13th March 2022
Location: Opéra de Massy (France)
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy
DAVID STERN is much admired in the worlds of music and opera as an exceptional conductor, a creator of inspiring original projects, an educator of the singers of tomorrow and an outstanding musician. His multi-faceted career has three main pillars: symphonic music, opera, and education.
“(…) David Stern conducts Brahms’ masterpiece with firmness. The tempos and nuances are almost perfect, the departures are given in a precise manner; the orchestra, visibly galvanized by the presence of David Stern on the podium, follows its conductor with a millimetric precision. (…)
Stern’s nervous, firm but supple, clear, precise direction pushes the musicians to transcend themselves and to interpret Schumann’s masterpiece with a constantly renewed energy and enthusiasm. The nuances and tempos are almost perfect and Stern chisels each theme, each movement like a goldsmith working on a jewel.”
Hélène Briard – 22/12/2021 – Lyriqueinfo
“There is by no means lacking in drama in this performance, conducted by David Stern with a pleasant pace, neither in the playing of Opera Fuoco, nor in the solo contributions of the young, emerging vocalists.”
“Opera Fuoco under the direction of its founder David Stern plays the score with utmost concentration and rich sound, leaving nothing to be desired.
Giovanni Simone Mayr: Absolute listening pleasure!”
20/11/2021 – Jan Krobot – Zürich