John Fiore conducts in many of the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. Mr. Fiore’s life as a professional musician began at the age of 14, when he was hired as the rehearsal pianist for the Seattle Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycle. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, following which he became an assistant conductor for three major American companies: San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. His official conducting debut was with Gounod’s Faust at the San Francisco Opera in 1986, following which he made many debuts and formed continuing relationships with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Australian Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Swedish Opera, and Grand Théâtre de Genève, among others.
From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Fiore was the Chief Conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Generalmusikdirektor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. From 2009 to 2015, he was the music director of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo. Highlights of the 2022-23 season include Wagner’s Die Meistersinger at Deutsche Oper Berlin (with a subsequent DVD release), Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at Semperoper Dresden, Salome by Richard Strauss at the Royal Swedish Opera, and Puccini’s Tosca at the Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Fiore began his close relationship with the Prague National Theatre Opera in 2005, when he conducted Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the first complete Ring Cycle in the company’s history. Since then, he has prepared Puccini’s La fanciulla del West (2007), his own concert suite from Wagner‘s Ring called Ring without words, or Fiore’s Rheinfahrt (2007), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2009), Wagner’s Parsifal (2011), and Fibich‘s The Fall of Arkun (2014) in Prague.