John Fiore is responsible for the musical direction and demonstrated his distinguished experience in the Italian verismo repertoire; He executed with rigor and mettle the dynamism of the score ...Outstanding orchestral performance in the premiere.
Tosca - Gran Teatre del Liceu
John Fiore supported the singers and provided dynamic and dramatic contrasts, which brought out passionate passages while balancing the decibels at precise moments…the Liceu Symphony followed without reservation and with a great sound, carried along by this music that is all passion.
Tosca - Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor John Fiore and his orchestra provided dramatic sweep that lets the onstage action maintain long expanses of quietude without any depletion of dramatic energy
Madama Butterfly - Santa Fe Opera
The show’s musical values were in good hands with conductor John Fiore, a native Seattleite who now has a major European career. Pacing the orchestra musicians, supporting the singers and giving Verdi’s timeless melodies their full due, Fiore extracted the maximum drama from the score with an impeccable sense of timing.
Aida - Seattle Opera
Conductor John Fiore led such a stylish, colorful, committed reading that the band became another character in the drama. Maestro Fiore exerted awesome control of his forces, partnering wonderfully with the singers with the accommodating elasticity that they needed to “live” the tragic story. From the lush banks of strings to the characterful solo playing, the assemblage made a definitive case for Puccini’s masterpiece.
James Sohre, Opera Today
John Helmer Fiore, conducting his final production as musical director of the Oslo Opera, produced some utterly glorious sounds.
Logengrin - Norwegian National Opera
Fiore [was] a perfect choice at the podium … He drew a rare passion out of the ensemble for [Fibich's Pád] Arkuna, not to mention a striking show of stamina … The sound was rich and consistently colorful, by turns dramatic, tender and thunderous without ever losing a note of nuance.
Fibich's Pád Arkuna - Národní divadlo Praha
Above all, the evening works because of the American conductor, John Fiore, under whose baton Wagner never sounds academic, however full of dynamic contrasts, expressive flexibility, and appropriate brilliance. Fiore raised the orchestra of the National Theater to an unusually high level.
Der Ring Des Nibelungen - NÁRODNÍ DIVADLO PRAHA
Mr. Fiore found both the power and the grace in Verdi's music, and he is the kind of accompanist who makes the stage lead and the pit follow. The Met's orchestra and chorus recognize quality and responded accordingly.
La Traviata - The Metropolitan Opera