Date(s) - Mar 27
The Mona Bismarck American Center was proud to present celebrated American conductor, David Stern and his opera studio and ensemble, Opera Fuoco, for an evening of music. The concert program was based on the idea of word, movement and music. The five Opera Fuoco vocalists interpreted John Cage’s music not only with their voices but with their bodies, therefore offering the audience an opportunity to appreciate the language of contemporary Americans that John Cage places at the heart of his artistic expression.
Born in Los Angeles in 1912, John Cage was a composer, music theorist, writer and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham. John Cage is considered to be one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He died in New York in 1992.
A native New-Yorker, David Stern is a born communicator with strong musical convictions. He is conductor to a major symphony orchestra, a baroque opera and teaches vocal master classes. As former music director of the Israel Opera and founder/director of the Paris-based opera studio and period-instrument ensemble, Opera Fuoco, as well as incoming opera music director for the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, he not only is a performer but a musical figurehead in each of these communities. He lives in Paris with his wife and two daughters.
Since its creation by American conductor David Stern in YEAR?, Opera Fuoco has been dedicated to the performance of lyric repertoire from the mid-18th century to the present. It combines a distinctive orchestral ensemble, featuring some of the best instrumentalists performing on period instruments and an ambitious opera studio.
Mr. 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 in residence at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris. Opera Fuoco’s productions have taken the studio singers to such prestigious halls as the 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.
Mona Bismarck American Center
The Mona Bismarck American Center’s mission is to encourage visitors to discover the depth and diversity of American art and culture. Through a rich program of conferences, concerts, and dance and art installations, the Mona Bismarck American Center provides a stimulating and thoughtful context for the exploration of diverse American art forms.
The Mona Bismarck American Center evolved from the Mona Bismarck Foundation, which was created in 1986 following the death of its founder and sole benefactor. In order to lend permanency to her philanthropic activities, Mona Bismarck bequeathed her Parisian townhouse and the majority of her estate to the Foundation with the purpose of fostering French-American friendship and understanding through art and culture.