Биография: 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, chief conductor of the Palm Beach Opera in Florida, artistic adviser and chief conductor of the Shanghai Baroque Festival and director of the newly founded Heifetz Baroque Program in Staunton Virginia. Since its inaugural season he has been the co-chair of the jury of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.
Stern’s repertoire ranges from the mainstream to the eclectic. As music director of the Israel, St. Gallen and Palm Beach Opera houses, he championed works such as Simone Mayr's Medea, Berg's Wozzeck, Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Weill's Mahagonny as well as Mozart, Strauss and Puccini. With Opera Fuoco he has led the modern day premiere of JC Bach’s Zanaida, and the French premiere of Korngold’s Die Stumme Serenade as well as Kurt Weill’s Lady in the Dark. He has championed operas of Telemann such as Damon and Richardus and most recently has conducted Bach’s B minor mass in Leipzig to close the Bachfest 2019. In Shanghai he has performed Purcell and Handel, Bloch’s Sacred Service and Roussel’s third symphony.
Since launching the Aix-en-Provence Festival’s Académie Internationale d’Art Lyrique with Stephane Lissner in 1998, David Stern has been committed to developing young voices. He created Opera Fuoco in 2003 as a platform for young professional singers in France, combining both a young artists program, a period-instrument orchestra and a company which produces concertante and staged projects nationally and internationally. In 2016, he conducted Mozart's Magic Flute at the Juilliard School in New York and will appear in 2021 as part of the Curtis Institute opera season. In 2019 he inaugurated a very successful baroque vocal workshop at the Heifetz International Institute in Staunton, Virginia, initiating both singers and young string players to baroque performance style and expression.
Stern has enjoyed collaborations with international stage directors including David Alden, Stéphane Braunschweig, Robin Guarino, Sam Helfrich, Waut Koeken, Jakob Peters-Messer and Aron Stiehl, among many others. With Yoshi Oïda he created iconic settings of Britten’s Curlew River and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and with Francisco Negrin he led performances of Mozart’s Mitridate as artist in residence at the 2014 Drottningholm Opera Festival.
Stern has recorded with various ensembles throughout his career. His latest recording of arias by Florian Leopold Gassman with Soprano Ania Vegry and the NDR Hannover Orchestra was released on the CPO label. With Opera Fuoco he will record Simone Mayr’s charming one-act opera “Amor Conjugale” for the Aparté label. He also recorded French Romantic Cantatas with Karine Deshayes, John Field’s piano concertos with Concerto Köln and Andreas Staier, as well as works by Albert Roussel with Jean-Guihen Queyras.
David Stern is a frequent guest conductor around the globe. He is regularly invited to the Edmonton Opera, the Drottningholm Opera Festival, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphonies, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Russian Symphony the Swedish Chamber orchestra and has led recent performances with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Royal Danish Opera orchestra, the Vienna Symphony and NDR Hannover.
In the coming seasons he will appear with Opera Zuid in Maastricht, the Opera Orchestra of Marseille, the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony in Australia, Massy and Metz Opera houses in France and the Kansai Symphony Orchestra in Osaka.
Stern received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and his Masters of Music from the Juilliard School. He is married to the violinist Katharina Wolff.