Coast to coast – Masterclasse



During the Golden Age of ocean liners, a half century of glittering trans-Atlantic travel, the crossing from New York to the coast of France was a celebration of refinement and the avant-garde. Between promenades on deck, dining and dancing on these iconic floating palaces, the 5-day sail lent itself to leisurely exchanges and became the quintessential meeting place between Europe and North America. Inspired by this unique atmosphere, David Stern and his young artists will explore the musical exchanges between France and American composers of the “années folles” of the 20s and 30s. Whether reviving lost masterpieces by Jerome Kern, Maurice Yann and Cole Porter or interpreting well-loved works by Maurice Ravel or George Gershwin, Opera Fuoco embarks on a musical crossing of sorts, leaving no emotion at bay.



Open session the Thursday 15th of November 2018 from 15h to 17h (reservation is mandatory)
Auditorium of the Bibliothèque Paul Marmottan de Boulogne-Billancourt


Performance Saturday 17th of November 2018 at 20h
Boulogne-Billancourt – Location to be confirmed 


Artistic director – David Stern
Piano – Stéphane Petitjean
Pedagogic advisor – Jay Bernfeld



1 – The French Line on Pier 88 in Manhattan
GERSHWIN – Girl Crazy – Overture
PORTER – La Revue des Ambassadeurs – Statue of Liberty blues
KERN – Showboat – Goodbye my lady love


2 – Boarding the ocean liner
MISRAKI – Normandie – Quatuor Est-ce que je peux vous poser une petite question


3 – Moving in to the cabin – travel nostalgia
GERSHWIN – Strike Up the bandThe man I love


4 – First promenade on deck and French-American encounters
HONEGGER – Les Aventures du roi Pausole – Duo du travesti
PORTER – La Revue des Ambassadeurs – Fish
YVAIN – Pas sur la bouche – Trio Il faudrait pas qu’on sache


5 – Seasickness
SZULC – Flossie – Air du Quina Cola Coca


6 –  Afternoon tea in the Grand Salon
RAVEL – Five o’clock – Foxtrot
RAVEL – L’Enfant et les sortilèges – Duo de la tasse et de théière


7 – The engine room
RAVEL – L’Enfant et les sortilèges – Air du Feu


8 – In the ballroom – foxtrot, charleston…
YVAIN – Un bon garçon – Air du professeur de charleston
GERSHWIN – Girl Crazy – Embraceable you
KERN – Roberta – I won’t dance


9 – Flirting on board
PORTER – La Revue des Ambassadeurs – You and me
YVAIN – Pas sur la bouche – Pas sur la bouche
ROMBERG – New Moon – Lover come back to me


10 – End of the crossing – the Normandy coast
KERN – Sally – Joan of Arc


Bibliothèque Paul-Marmottan
7 place de Denfert Rochereau
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Tel: 01 55 18 57 61



Juliette Allen – soprano
Dania El Zein – soprano
Theodora Raftis – soprano
Alexia Macbeth – mezzo-soprano
Marco Angioloni – tenor
Louis Roullier – baritone



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