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David Stern’s interview for PRO OPERA Mexico & Latin-America

“A society without music loses its oxygen” 

To read the full interview, click here

Strauss – Die Fledermaus

“But what keeps this work alive is the music. Led by chief conductor David Stern, the performance was full of energy and personality, with vigorous duets and trios on stage and another fine outing by the orchestra, with creamy string playing and lively winds and brass. To the company’s credit, they took a traditional approach to the famous overture, leaving the curtain down and doing nothing to distract from the orchestra’s buoyant performance of Strauss’s great concert piece.”

David Fleshler – 23/03/2019

South Florida Classical Review

Idomeneo

David Stern’s inspires the singers with all the necessary impulses, through constant attention to breathing and balance. He keeps the tension of the drama, thanks to the vigor and honed palette he unleashes from his chamber-size orchestra…. With vocal revelations of such a high level, one has to say that Opera Fuoco has surpassed its expectations.
Mehdi Mahdavi, Opera Magazine, December 2018

CANDIDE

« This weekend’s exuberant Palm Beach Opera premiere in Kravis Center uses a version created for the New York Philharmonic in 2004….
It’s a provocative and entertaining experience. David Stern’s buoyant musical direction buttresses … an exhilarating, superbly cast and imaginatively directed spectacle. »

Palm Beach Daily News, February 2018

Richard Löwenherz Telemann Festival

« Happily the Magdeburg Theater’s in-house orchestra, to which were added several members of the French ensemble Opera Fuoco (from which a good part of the singer soloists also came) delivered its goods. David Stern, director of the ensemble, who has been frequent guest with his musicians at the Elbe, assured a warm and lyrical-cantabile sound with several beautiful instrumental solos. This was far from given, considering that a few hours earlier, the renowned ensemble Concerto Köln…. »
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 2018

RICHARD LÖWENHERZ

« ….this was a splendid exposition of baroque opera. Praise in the first place for the conductor David Stern at the head of a combination of his own Opera Fuoco and members of the Magdeburg Philharmonic. As well as endowing the performance with an energetic momentum, he brought out all the details in Handel’s brilliant instrumentation, culminating in a remarkable, introduction to an aria in the second half of the work. The music hesitates, stops and uncertainly starts again, providing a striking dramatic realisation of the singer’s despair and indecision. 

… with a conductor and stage director expert in this repertory the experience at Magdeburg was a rewarding one. »

Anthony Ogus, March 2018

TOSCA AT BOSTON LYRIC OPERA, OCTOBER 2017

« The 58-member orchestra sat on a sturdy platform ten feet above the action, behind a scrim, which, in the last act, becomes a vista of St. Peter’s and the Vatican. All one could see, at this level, was the conductor, David Stern, who was seriously splendid. The orchestra sounded absolutely wonderful.. Stern took the music a hair faster than I was accustomed to, and I liked the results. I was very impressed with his conducting. »
Susan Miron
The Musical Intelligencer

« The 58-member orchestra sat on a sturdy platform ten feet above the action, behind a scrim, which, in the last act, becomes a vista of St. Peter’s and the Vatican. All one could see, at this level, was the conductor, David Stern, who was seriously splendid. The orchestra sounded absolutely wonderful.. Stern took the music a hair faster than I was accustomed to, and I liked the results. I was veryimpressed with his conducting. »
Susan Miron
The Musical Intelligencer

« This “Tosca” very much hit its mark. It was in fact one of the most robust BLO opening nights I can recall. »
Jeremy Eichler
Boston Globe

« For this run, the orchestra is being led by the talented David Stern; and his conducting was quite impressive. Lyrical moments such as Cavaradossi’s first act aria were appropriately expansive, while the tense passages of the second act really bristled. The orchestra played wonderfully under his baton. Rarely has the prelude to Act Three sounded better. The choir of celli at the opening of “E luvevan …” was ethereal, and the clarinet solo that followed most evocative.
Ed Tapper
EDGE Media Network

 

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