A seasoned conductor well-known among the international opera houses, John Fiore is praised for his musicality and his skillful expression on the podium. Maestro Fiore has led acclaimed performances in a diverse range of symphonic and operatic repertoire with the some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in the world. He is a frequent guest conductor at many of the foremost opera houses in Europe and the United States, with which he enjoys enduring relationships. After appearing at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in June 2019 to conduct Tosca, highlights of Mr. Fiore’s 2019-20 season included Eugene Onegin at the Royal Swedish Opera, the important AIDS Opera Gala event at Deutsche Oper Berlin (which was televised), a new production of Samson et Dalila at the Washington National Opera, as well as Fidelio, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Die Fledermaus at the Semperoper Dresden. Even though his appearances have been somewhat limited since the start of the pandemic, he has appeared with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and conducted a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Swedish Royal Opera in October 2021. He also recently conducted (and recorded for BR Klassik) the complete music of Beethoven’s Egmont at the Prinzregententheater in Munich with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester, with the soprano Christina Landshamer and the actor August Zirner. Other highlights of 2022 have been a new production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Swedish Opera, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which will be released on DVD, and a major revival of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at the Dresden Semperoper.
Mo. Fiore has been the Music Director of several leading opera companies including the Norwegian Opera, where he served from 2009 through 2015 as the institution’s first music director in over a decade, and the first in the new opera house. There, he conducted on average over thirty performances of opera, ballet, and symphonic concerts per season, including several world premieres. He was also the former Music Director of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 1999 to 2009, where he kept an intensive and extensive schedule conducting in the company’s two houses in the neighboring Rhineland cities of Düsseldorf and Duisburg. Throughout his decade-long tenure there, he led more than sixty different operas in diverse repertoire covering German, Italian, Russian, French, and Czech languages. Highlights of his tenure there were several complete Wagner Ring Cycles, and a festival of five different Janáček operas in five consecutive nights. He also conducted Die Meistersinger and Der Rosenkavalier on six consecutive evenings when he took the DOR on tour to the Savonlinna Festival in 2002. Concurrent with his appointment at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Mr. Fiore was also General Music Director of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and led full seasons of symphonic concert repertoire, with highlights such as a semi-annual Beethoven Ninth Symphony, and other major works such as the Berlioz La Damnation de Faust and Schönberg’s massive Gurrelieder.