David Stern

Whether conducting a 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.

Major Stern is known for his extensive range of repertoire. As music director of the Israel and the St. Gallen Opera houses, he championed eclectic works such as Simone Mayr's Medea, Berg's Wozzeck, Britten’s ‘Turn of the Screw’ and Weill's ‘Mahagonny’. He has premiered four new operas since 2010: Gil Shochat's ‘A Child Dreams’ at the Israel Opera, Nicolas Bacri’s ‘Cosi Fanciulli’ commissioned by Opera Fuoco and performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Ben Moore’s ‘Enemies, A Love Story’ in Palm Beach and Jan Sandström’s ‘The Rococo Machine’ at the Drofningholm Festival, Sweden.

With Opera Fuoco, his Paris-based opera company, he has recently recorded ‘Berenice che fai?’, a compilation of late Baroque and early Classical works with three members of Opera Fuoco’s studio singers and very well received by the press. Previous recordings with Opera Fuoco include The Romantic Cantatas with Karine Deshayes, Johann Christian Bach’s opera ‘Zanaida’, and two Handel oratorios, ‘Semele’ and ‘Jephtha’. He also recorded Simone Mayr’s ‘Medea’ with the St. Gallen Opera, John Field’s piano concertos with Concerto Köln and Andreas Staier, as well as works by Ofo Nicolai and concertos of Albert Roussel.

Since launching the Aix-en-Provence Festival’s Académie Internationale d’Art Lyrique with Stephane Lissner in 1998, David Stern has been committed to developing young voices. He created Opera Fuoco in 2003 as a platform for young professional singers in France, combining both an young artists program, a period-instrument orchestra and a company which produces concertante and staged projects nationally and internationally. In 2016, he conducted Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ at the Juilliard School in New York, and since 2014, as artistic director of the Shanghai Baroque Festival, Stern has included singers from the Shanghai Conservatory in performances and master classes at the Shanghai Symphony Hall. He works regularly with the singers of the Benenson Young Artists Program in Palm Beach.

David Stern beim Beethovenfest





8:00 pm

‘Leonore’ the Second


  • Chantal Santon Jeffery soprano
  • Andres Agudelo tenor
  • Bastien Rimondi tenor
  • Olivier Gourdy bass
  • Natalie Pérez mezzo soprano
  • Adrien Fournaison bass
  • Opera Fuoco
  • David Stern conductor
Works by Johann Simon Mayr
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«