Palm Beach Opera hires a chief conductor

By Lawrence A. Johnson

David Stern will become Palm Beach Opera's chief conductor June 1. Photo: Maria Rosenblatt

David Stern will become Palm Beach Opera’s chief conductor June 1. Photo: Maria Rosenblatt

Palm Beach Opera has appointed David Stern as chief conductor, effective June 1 through 2018. Stern is the first conductor to have a regular podium position at the company since the controversial departure of Bruno Aprea in 2012.

“I am thrilled to become the Chief Conductor of Palm Beach Opera,” said Stern, in a statement released by PBO. “This highly professional, exciting and ambitious institution has proven it can tackle the known warhorses  as well as a world premiere. The audiences are responsive to quality and I am committed to maintain and develop the level of this fine house and its wonderful orchestra.”

Son of the famed violinist Isaac Stern, the American conductor led last month’s performances of Enemies: A Love Story at the West Palm Beach company as well as Verdi’s Macbeth in 2014. Stern, a New York native, will lead one production for the next three seasons, beginning with PBO’s production of Carmen in January 2016.

“We’re thrilled to add this orchestral leadership position to further strengthen the quality of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra,” said PBO general director Daniel Biaggi.  “Maestro David Stern brings a wealth of musical knowledge and will help us continue to deliver artistic excellence to our audience.”

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One Response to “Palm Beach Opera hires a chief conductor”

  1. Posted Mar 09, 2015 at 9:27 am by C R

    He looks just like his daddy. Isaac would be so proud.

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