In 2003, David Stern created Opera Fuoco, an ensemble that marks a new generation of period instrument groups approaching classical and baroque repertoire with renewed vigor. The group now returns regularly to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lucerne Festival, and the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris, as well as regularly touring France. In February 2010, Opera Fuoco will revive their production of Don Giovanni, staged by Yoshi Oida, in the premiere season of the reopening of the Théatre Royal at Versailles. The production was filmed by Arte in 2009 and will be released as a DVD in the coming season. Their first CD recording, Handel’s Semele, featuring Paul Agnew and Danielle de Niese, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim, and their second, Jephtha, was released in 2006. In 2009, Opera Fuoco made a triumphant debut at the St. Gallen Festspiel, and will return for annual engagements. He has also created the Opera Fuoco Troupe, a vehicle for young singers to perfect their talents and develop their international careers.
As Music Director of the Israel Opera, Stern is championing two contemporary Israeli Operas, by Josef Bardanshvilli and Gil Shochat, whose Opera “The Child’s Dream” will be premiered in January 2010. His future projects there will include a new production of Lulu and coproductions of Gluck’s Orfeo and Armide. His St Gallen season includes performances of a new edition of Simone Mayr’s Medea in Corinto, directed by David Alden and a new staging of Madama Butterfly by Aaron Stil.
Stern continues his longstanding relationship with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players for European tours. He has also worked regularly with Concerto Köln and has given performances in Europe and the US Carnegie Hall in New York. He will return to them in future seasons to perform Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms with period instruments. Highlights for his upcoming season include the closing concert of the Beijing Festival in October 2009, and to the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen.
Past appearances for Mr Stern include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, the New Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Orchestra, Boston, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He made his operatic debut in New York with a production of Britten’s Curlew River directed by Yoshi Oida, and last year conducted a highly acclaimed production of Giulio Cesare at the Glimmerglass Festival. He has conducted at the Opera de Lyon, ENO, Verdi and Massenet at the Hong Kong Opera, the Gurzenich Orchestra, Cologne, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestra Nazionale de la RAI in Torino and the Prague Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra.