Mayr – Amor Conjugale – Levallois

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

Mahler/Canteloube with the Swedish Chamber 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.

Mayr – L’amor conjugale new recording

David Stern and Opera Fuoco have recorded Giovanni Simone Mayr’s L’amor conjugale in April 2021. This is the first recording of the full critical version of Mayr’s one act opera. The CD will be available on November 19th 2021 and the release concert is on December 12th 2021 at Levallois, near Paris.


Mayr – L’amor conjugale

Date: 12th December 2021

Time: 17:00

Location: Salle Ravel de Levallois


Visuel Amor Conjugale VF

Giovanni Simone Mayr

L’amor conjugale – concert version


Zeliska (Malvino) – Chantal Santon Jeffery 
Amorveno – Léo Vermot-Desroches
Ardelao – Guy Elliott
Peters – Olivier Gourdy 
Floreska – Natalie Pérez 
Moroski – Halidou Nombre

Musical direction – David Stern 
Opera Fuoco Orchestra

Brahms/Schumann – Saintes

Start date: 13th December 2021

End date: 18th December 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Nouvelle Aquitaine, France)


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Brahms – Serenade n°1 in D major, op. 11

Schumann – Symphony n°4 in D minor, op. 120

Musical direction – David Stern 

Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye

Idomeneo – Opéra de Metz

Start date: 4th February 2022

End date: 8th February 2022

Time: 20:00

Location: Opéra-Théâtre de Metz (France)



Mozart – Idomeneo

Idomeneo –  Krešimir Špicer
Idamante  – Adèle Charvet
Elettra  – Marie-Adeline Henry
Ilia  – Marianne Lambert
Arbace  – Sébastien Droy

Musical direction – David Stern

Orchestre national de Metz


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.



Mayr’s L’amor conjugale review – Online Merker

“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

OPERA MAGAZINE – October 2021 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte

“The ensemble Ataïr always played with energy and theatrical spirit thanks to the precise and inspiring conducting of David Stern who, at every moment, indicated the perfect tempi.”

Thierry Guyenne, Opéra Magazine , October 2021

OPERA MAGAZINE – June 2021 – Mayr’s L’amor conjugale

« On April 24, at the Massy Opera house, David Stern leaves nothing to chance – he will not stop until he gets what he wants, but does so without stress and without disturbing the good mood. He is indeed passionate about this score and about his extremely capable troupe made up of with remarkable soloists…. Mayr was regrettably eclipsed by Donizetti, and Rossini owes him much, but he had an exceptional talent for unique orchestration. One hears both Mozart in the vocal ensembles and a Beethovinian vigor in the dramatic gesture. Chantal Santon Jeffrey interprets Zeliska with perfect ease and intensity in her vocal passage-work. She seems completely at home in the pre-romantic period. The young Columbian tenor Andres Agudelo should be talked about as should the two remarkable bass-baritones: Adrien Fournaison, equally impressive in height as by the nobility of his voice, and Olivier Gourdy by his brighter timbre. The recording session which ended with the overture, both fun and full of surprises. »

Jacques Bonnaure, Opera Magazine N°173, June 2021


Chantal Santon-Jeffery – Zeliska
Natalie Pérez – Floreska
Andrés Agudelo – Amorveno

Orchestre Opera Fuoco
Direction – David Stern
(Opera arias & sinfonias)
Ania Vegry

NDR Radiophilharmonie
Direction – David Stern
Berenice che fai ?

Soprano – Chantal Santon
Soprano – Natalie Pérez
Mezzo-soprano – Lea Desandre

Orchestre – Opera Fuoco
Direction – David Stern