Shanghai Baroque Festival 2nd November 201830th August 2019 David Stern is frequent guest with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and director of the Shanghai Baroque Festival, which had its first edition in December 2014 in the new Shanghai Symphony Halls. It is an annual festival showcasing prominent international artists and ensembles performing on period and modern instruments. In December 2018, David Stern and Opera Fuoco will inaugurate a tour of Bach's B minor Mass with the Tölzer Knabenchor, one of the most important boys choirs in the world. Opera Fuoco’s young artists and orchestra will be joined by Andreas Scholl and Markus Werba as soloists. Further dates include Paris’s Philharmonie and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig as part of the Bachfest in June. Maestro Stern will also lead the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Mozart Idomeneo, again with soloists from Opera Fuoco and a chorus of young singers from the Shanghai Conservatory. The 2016 Shanghai Baroque Festival opened with an evening of Purcell and Bach, entitled "One Charming Night." A pasticcio of Purcell's Fairy Queen and Bach's dramma per musica "Geschwinde ihr wirbelnden Winde," it featured Andreas Scholl, who also performed a recital of Baroque works. Maestro Stern and Jay Bernfeld led a masterclass and concert of Monteverdi arias and ensembles with the festival's chorus soloists from the Shanghai Conservatory. In December 2015, soprano Raffaela Milanese sang the title role of Handel’s opera Alcina and soprano Alice Coote sang a recital program in the Shanghai Symphony's chamber hall. A third concert saw a collaboration between Opera Fuoco and Shanghai Symphony players in a program of Bach and Handel orchestral suites. Stern conducted performances of Haendel's Giulio Gesareand Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the festival's opening in 2014, the first time this repertoire was heard on baroque instruments in Shanghai. As featured guest artist, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux sang the role of Caesar joined by Opera Fuoco's studio soloists, period-instrument orchestra, and a chorus of young artists from the Shanghai conservatory. In December 2018, David Stern and Opera Fuoco will inaugurate a tour of Bach's B minor Mass with the Tölzer Knabenchor, one of the most important boys choirs in the world.