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John Fiore

Born in New York City into a musical family, Mr. Fiore received his earliest musical training from his father, a pianist and choral director, and his mother, a singer. His family moved to Seattle, where he studied piano, cello and other string instruments. Mr. Fiore began his professional musical activities at the age of 14 as a pianist and coach for the Seattle Opera’s annual production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He later attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In 1981 he joined the staff of the Santa Fe Opera, where he developed an affinity for the operas of Richard Strauss. Within a short period of time, he became a prized assistant in North America’s three most respected companies – the San Francisco, Chicago Lyric and Metropolitan Operas. In the summer of 1986 he went to Europe, assisting Zubin Mehta for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Florence, and then to the Bayreuth Festival, where he worked with Daniel Barenboim on Tristan und Isolde, returning the next year for Parsifal and Tristan and again in 1988 for the Harry Kupfer Ring production. During this period he also freelanced as an assistant to the great Leonard Bernstein. Also in 1986, he was ready to begin his own conducting career, and he made his debut at the San Francisco Opera, conducting Gounod’s Faust. In 1996 Mr. Fiore made a critically acclaimed debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl conducting Verdi’s Requiem. In North America, he has since conducted the Boston Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Toronto Symphony, to name but a few. In Europe, orchestral engagements include the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Gürzenich Orchester, Orchester Rheinland-Pfalz; Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier; Orchestra Radio Svizzera Italiana. John Fiore is the Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Oper-am-Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg. The 2008/09 season is Mr. Fiore’s tenth as DOR Chief Conductor. Highlights of the season include new productions of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, as well as revivals of works such as Verdi’s Don Carlos, four further Janáček operas and Wagner’s Ring. Maestro Fiore was also the Generalmusikdirektor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker for eight seasons, concurrently with his duties at the DOR. He ended his last season in 2007/08 with a highly acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Elsewhere in 2007/08, Mr. Fiore returned again to the Prague National Theatre for a revival of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West – continuing a relationship which began in 2005, when he led Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen for the company, the first complete Ring Cycle in that company’s history. 2007/08 also saw Mr. Fiore making his debut with the Norwegian Opera (Oslo) conducting a concertante performance of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. This season, in addition to his exhausting schedule at the DOR, Maestro Fiore returns to Prague for a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and conducts concerts in cities as diverse as Seattle and Berlin. Mr. Fiore is particularly well known among the international opera houses. As a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera for over a decade, he led many works, among them the MET’s premiere production of Dvořák's Rusalka (1993, 1997) as well as Verdi’s Aida, La traviata and Un ballo in maschera, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, La boheme and Tosca, Bizet’s Carmen. In Germany, he appears often at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden. In recent seasons Mr. Fiore has also been exploring seminal twentieth-century works – he is nearing completion of the complete cycle of the major Janáček operas, and has conducted Berg’s Lulu and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, to name but two. In the summer of 2003 he led the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao (Santa Fe Opera, another company with which he has had a long history), and in January 2005 conducted the highly successful world premiere of Christian Jost’s Vipern for the DOR. Update: January 2009

Complete Ensemble of The National Theatre Opera