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.
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.
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.
Date: 1st October 2020
Location: Philharmonie de Paris
Violin – Stéphanie-Marie Degand
Violin – Katharina Wolff
Musical direction – David Stern
Opera Fuoco Orchestra
Date: 6th November 2020
Location: Centre Culturel Jean Vilar - Marly-le-Roi
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
Stage direction – Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen
Date: 29th November 2020
Location: Salle Ravel - Levallois
Giovanni Simone Mayr
L’Amor conjugale – concert version
Zeliska (Malvino) – Chantal Santon Jeffery Amorveno – Andres AgudeloArdelao – 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.
“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