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JUILLIARD OPERA DIE ZABUERFLÖTE 

«JUILLIARD OPERA delivered a beautifully sung, engagingly acted production of Die Zauberflöte at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on April 19.  Led with verve by David Stern, the evening zipped along at a brisk pace that kept self-indulgence at bay and spurred both singers and orchestra to expressive urgency.»

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Magdeburg Theater DAMON

«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.»
 
Leipziger Volkszeitung



Palm Beach Opera CARMEN

«Aside from Rinat Shaham, the other bright spot was Palm Beach Opera’s always-reliable orchestra, led by new chief conductor David Stern.  The musicians gave a precise, energetic and brilliantly colored performance, snapping off the Spanish-influenced turns of phrase with style, with particularly fine work by the winds in Bizet’s inventive, memorable melodies.»  
 
South Florida CLASSICAL REVIEW



Paris Philharmonie - Opera Fuoco Natalie Dessay & Friends

«David Stern shows great finesse in his choice of tempi and nuances.  In accompanying his soloists, he knows how to make them shine, revealing a complicity which can be felt in the hall.»   

OLYRIX CRITIQUE – DAMIEN DUTILLEUL



Shanghai Baroque Festival Alcina

«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 »

CLASSIQUE NEWS – Philippe Alexandre Pham



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PALM BEACH OPERA

Palm Beach Daily News  

Robert Croan  
Feb 21, 2015


«The cast of North American singers was, in general, outstanding, as was the work of conductor David Stern.»


Musical America

John Fleming
Feb 25, 2015

«Musical values are exemplary, starting with virtuoso orchestral playing under conductor David Stern.»



Mitridate

Operalogg

Mogens H Andersson
12 August

Magnificent vocal artistry and a newly appreciated Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra led by David Stern with the same fervor that would have excited Mozart at Christmas 1770. 

Expressen

8 August    

The international ensemble, both orchestral and vocal, offers yet another way to renew baroque opera that leaves us wishing for more.  

Tidningen NU

7 August

Mitridate re di Ponto, a great success at Drottningholm. Musically, it is a gem in conductor David Stern’s hands, charged and full of vitality and well-balanced in the orchestra pit.

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COSI FANCIULLI

La Lettre du Musicien

Jacques Bonnaure
6 juin 2014

David Stern and his Opera Fuoco orchestra are without a doubt the key to this project with their elegant and well-balanced playing.

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Culture Box/France TV

Bertrand renard
5 juin 2014

Nicolas Bacri's music is charming, at first neoclassical à la Stravinsky, then evolving more toward Ravel and Poulenc or... Bacri. Engaging musical direction by David Stern and very good young singers... Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt weaves a wise and very subtle libretto which completely reverses that of Mozart's and DaPonte's: here the victims are Alfonso and Despina, in love with each other... A modest and inspired staging by Jean-Yves Ruf... an attractive tapestry of love's ravages and false sentiments.

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Passée des Arts

by Christophe Pusek
February 9, 2014

« It must be said that Karine Deshayes and Opera Fuoco are so well matched that nothing seems more important to them than giving this repertoire the best of their art; they form such a fusional pair that everything these works have to offer in terms of exaltation is brought to life and expression. Opera Fuoco provides more than support; indeed, Karine Deshayes finds in Opera Fuoco a real equal, an ensemble which not only offers a sumptuous sound but, under David Stern's energetic direction, a reading full of contrasts and alacrity, yet never forgetting to breathe or to move. The most lasting impression, and one which proves the pertinence of using period instruments for the music of the first half of the 19th century, is the profusion of colors which accompanies the listening from beginning to end. This refined and lively touch is a continual enchantment.»

Expedition Audio

Paul Ballyk
September 8, 2014

The rich and silvery tone of mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes' voice suites this repertoire ideally and conductor David Stern leads his orchestra in vigorous and impeccably played performances. Anyone who appreciates the vocal music of Berlioz, or operas coming from the time of Meyerbeer and Weber should not delay in getting a copy of this exceptional album.

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Concerto Net

ConcertoNet.com
by Jeff Haller
January, 2014

« The fine vocal performances must be credited in large part to conductor David Stern who at times takes the tempo at a faster pace than one might be used to. There are instruments I have never before heard neither in performance nor recording because Stern is keenly sensitive to the complexities of the material. »

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Palm Beach Arts Paper

by Greg Stepanich
January 31, 2014

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« Conductor David Stern led an excellent Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, which sounded splendid all the way through, with all the sonic palette Verdi calls for, from murmur to shout. A lot of the credit for that has to go to Stern, who led the music masterfully. In the big Verdian climaxes, with shrieking winds and pounding brasses, he was like the conductor of a steam engine, letting out power and heat gradually but inexorably. He deserves a return engagement, and perhaps more than that. »


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South Florida Classical Review

Superb orchestral and choral work under the commanding baton of David Stern

by Lawrence Budmen
January 5, 2014

« Stern led a fiery, rhythmically vital reading of the score, never letting tension flag and exhibiting real affinity for the ebb and flow of Verdi’s melodies. The orchestra responded superbly, playing with finely controlled dynamics and full bodied, vigorous ensemble. »


SALOME

« A brilliant production »

edmontonjournal.com
by Mark Morris
October 28, 2013

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Show features strong international cast and director

« Koeken and Stern promised they would “blow the dust” off this opera, and they did. Here I learned more about what Strauss the composer was up to than in any other encounter I have had with the work.
Most surprising of all, their interpretation was entirely justified by the music. I have not heard the orchestra (the Edmonton Symphony) play with such idiomatic passion or with such a big sound — a tribute to Stern’s conducting.
This production really lays down the gauntlet for the company’s future. If Edmonton indeed aims to be an international city, this was the kind of artistic production — both in terms of repertoire, and in terms of quality — that deserves international attention, and of which the city can be truly proud. »

 



 
     
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
     


 
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