David Stern renews his position as chief conductor this season with Puccini’s Tosca followed by Bernstein’s Candide in celebration of the composer’s centennial. Stern has been chief conductor of the Palm Beach Opera since 2015 and productions he has led during previous seasons include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Macbeth and a hugely successful world premiere of Enemies, a Love Story based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novella with music by Ben Moore and a staging by Sam Helfrich. The 4-month opera season in Palm Beach takes place in the beautiful Kravis Center for Performing Arts. The company, founded in 1961, is an ambitious one, superbly managed by Daniel Biaggi since 2009. It also integrates the well-regarded 5-month-long Palm Beach Young Artists Program each season. David Stern’s experience with both standard and unusual repertoire, with different styles ranging from baroque to contemporary, his work with period instruments and young singers, all correspond with the artistic vision and quality the house is striving for.
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