The Opera Company

Opera Fuoco is a Paris-based opera company, founded and directed by American conductor David Stern, dedicated to the performance of lyric repertoire from the mid-18th century to the present. It combines an ambitious young artist program and one of the most important period-instrument orchestras in Paris. Its growing international reputation as a launchpad for young singers has made it one of the most sought-after vocal ateliers in France.


The upcoming 18/19 season will mark Opera Fuoco’s 15th anniversary and will include Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, the Paris Philharmonie and the Leipzig Thomaskirche, as the closing highlight of the 2019 Bachfest. The young artists will perform two semi-staged operas in the company’s new residency in Levallois: Mozart’s Idomeneo and Korngold’s Die Stumme Serenade. The season will conclude with a concert performance of the Yiddish operetta, The Golden Bride by Rumshinsky with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Future guest coaches for the master class series will include Karine Deshayes and others.


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Since 2003, Stern and his musical team have devoted themselves to working with young professional vocalists, offering large-scale opera productions and concerts in Europe and China, regular master classes with well-known coaches and performers in Paris, and a series of vocal recitals, most notably in cooperation with the Mona Bismarck American Center and the Paul Marmottan Library and Museum in Boulogne. Opera Fuoco’s productions have taken the studio singers to such prestigious halls as the Shanghai Symphony Hall, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Paris Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Bachfest, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the International Telemann Festival in Magdeburg, the Lucerne and Evian Festivals, the Lufthansa Festival in London, as well as the opera houses of Metz, Rouen, Reims, Orleans, and La Rochelle.


Opera Fuoco has performed and recorded with well-known soloists including Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, Laurent Naouri, Vivica Genaux, Ann Hallenberg, Paul Agnew, Danielle De Niese, Markus Werba, and Lisa Larsson. In seeking to interpret well-known repertoire as well as rarely heard vocal works, Opera Fuoco has recently recorded Berenice, a compilation of late Baroque and early Classical works with three generations of Opera Fuoco studio singers. Earlier recordings include The Romantic Cantatas with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, Johann Christian Bach’s newly discovered opera Zanaida as well as Handel’s oratorios Jephtha with Paul Agnew and Semele with Danielle De Niese.


Highlights of the company’s past few seasons include two collaborations with the International Telemann Festival in Magdeburg, Germany, the composer’s comic opera Damon in 2016 and Richardus in March, 2018. Opera Fuoco has been invited three times to the new Shanghai Baroque Festival, performing Giulio Cesare with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Fuoco’s studio singers, Handel’s Alcina with soprano Raffaella Milanesi and Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Johann Sebastian Bach’s dramma Geschwinde Ihr Wirbelnden Winde with counter-tenor Andreas Scholl. In 2014 the company commissioned a new opera, Cosi Fanciulli, a prequel to Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, with music by Nicolas Bacri and a libretto by French literary star Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The fully staged world premiere had 3 performances at the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and 12 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.


Press Reviews

Alcina – Classique News – 22 december 2015 // Shanghai Baroque Festival

This subtle and fine interpretation of the baroque aesthetic was passionately defended by the young singers under the direction of the charismatic and bold conductor, David Stern

Damon- Leipziger Volkszeitung – March 2016 // Magdeburg Theater

Artistry is what we hear from the raised orchestra pit, from the Paris-based period-instrument ensemble Opera Fuoco. David Stern, with his concertmaster, Katharina Wolff, develops a wonderfully rich Telemann sound… it contributes to a coherent color-palette for this work – gentle yet powerful, perfectly in tune, always supporting the stage, well-focused, simply right.

© Meredith Mullins