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Since its founding in 2003 by American conductor David Stern, the Paris-based opera company Opera Fuoco has been dedicated to the performance of lyric repertoire from the mid-18th century to the present. It combines an ambitious opera studio and a distinctive orchestral ensemble, featuring some of the leading instrumentalists performing on period instruments.
Stern devotes himself, with the help of his musical team, to working with young professional vocalists, offering large-scale opera productions, concerts, regular sessions with well-known coaches and performers, and a series of vocal recitals, most notably at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris and the Marmottan Museum. Opera Fuoco’s productions have taken the studio singers to such prestigious halls as the Shanghai Symphony Hall, thé Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Cité de la Musique, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Lucerne and Evian Festivals, the Lufthansa Festival in London, the Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as the opera houses of Metz, Rouen, Reims, Orleans, and La Rochelle.
Opera Fuoco has also collaborated with an impressive list of vocal stars including, notably Karine Deshayes, Vivica Genaux, Ann Hallenberg, Danielle De Niese, Paul Agnew, Markus Werba, and Lisa Larsson. In seeking to interpret well-known repertoire as well as relatively unknown vocal works, Opera Fuoco has recently recorded Johann Christian Bach’s newly discovered opera Zanaida for the Zig-Zag/Outhere label and The Romantic Cantatas with French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes.
Important events in the company’s past few seasons include the commission of 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. Opera Fuoco has been invited for three consecutive years to the new Shanghai Baroque Festival, performing Handel's Giulio Cesare with mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Opera Fuoco’s studio soloists in 2014, Handel's Alcina with soprano Raffaella Milanesi in 2015 and a concert with renowned countertenor Andreas Scholl in December 2016. In March 2016 the company was re-invited to collaborate with the International Telemann Festival and the Magdeburg Theater in Germany with a fully staged production of Telemann’s comic singspiel Damon.
Next season, Opera Fuoco will be starting a new residence at the Levallois Salle Ravel, an important theater in the Paris region.