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Opera Fuoco, the Paris-based international opera company is dedicated to lyric repertoire from the mid-18th century to the present. Founded and directed by American conductor David Stern in 2003, Opera Fuoco combines an ambitious young artists program and international performance season with one of the most versatile instrumental ensembles in Paris. Its growing world-wide reputation as a launchpad for young singers has made it one of the most sought-after young artists programs in France. Opera Fuoco’s activities are largely Paris-area based, with an upcoming residence at the Opéra de Massy for large orchestral and staged productions, regular concerts at the Paris Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, as well as chamber and recital series in collaboration with several city museums. The company has also developed its international reputation with regular performances in partnership with renowned festivals and ensembles in Germany, Austria, Sweden and China. Opera Fuoco, a non-for-profit organization, receives funding from the French cultural ministry as well as other public institutions and is supported by several private American and European foundations and its generous Friends Circle.


David Stern's musical leadership is spread across three continents. Whether conducting a romantic opera, a baroque oratorio or a classical symphony, teaching vocal master classes or defending cultural activities, David Stern keeps his musicians, students and audiences riveted by sharing his strong musical convictions and his belief that music is relevant and indeed essential in today's world. He is the founder and director of Opera Fuoco, the Paris-based international opera company and young artist program dedicated to lyric repertoire from the mid- 18th century to the present and chief conductor of the Palm Beach Opera in Florida. Since 2016 he has been the co-chair of the jury of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.