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Opera Fuoco offers a unique, custom-made experience to young singers transitioning from conservatory to professional life. Singers are able to work with Maestro Stern, experienced vocal coaches and stage directors in various contexts ranging from masterclasses and recitals to large-scale performances with orchestra and fully staged opera productions. The repertoire spans not only several centuries but a variety of genres, from baroque to contemporary, including musical comedy and jazz. In 2008, Opera Fuoco began developing its young artist program, not as an academy, but as a professional company for young singers engaged for a period of three to four years. In its 13 years of existence, Opera Fuoco’s Young Artist Program has trained approximately 50 singers from 15 different countries. Our 15 current members come from 5 different countries, and candidates from the last round of auditions represented 34 nationalities. Opera Fuoco’s activities are largely Paris-area based, with a residence in Levallois’ Salle Ravel, masterclasses held in smaller city venues and regular concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris. An exciting recital series was launched at the Petit Palais Museum in 2020. The company has also enhanced its international reputation by developing regular performance partnerships with the Bachfest in Leipzig, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra as well as the Shanghai Baroque and Beijing Music Festivals in China.


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.