CONRADI Symphonie “Oh Weh! Ach rette mich!” from Ariadne
HANDEL Excerpt from Overture in D major, HWV 337
MONTEVERDI “Deus in Adjutorium” from Vespers
MONTEVERDI “Lauda” from Vespers
Stephen Stubbs maintains a busy calendar as a guest conductor and artistic director, specializing in baroque opera and oratorio.
Stubbs began his career as an opera director with Stefano Landi’s La Morte d’Orfeo at the 1987 Bruges festival, which led to the founding of the ensemble Tragicomedia. Since 1997 Stephen has co-directed the bi-annual Boston Early Music Festival opera and is the permanent artistic co-director. BEMF’s recordings of Conradi’s Ariadne, Lully’s Thesee, and Psyché were nominated for Grammy awards in 2005, 2007, and 2009.
In 2008 he established Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle. The company’s inaugural presentation was a revival of South African artist William Kentridge’s acclaimed multimedia marionette staging of Claudio Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses in a co-production with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. After a warmly received 2010 presentation of Monteverdi’s monumental Vespers of 1610 at Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, PMW presented a full subscription season, opening with a program based on the Song of Songs and ending with two triumphantly successful performances of Handel’s early masterpiece, The Triumph of Time (1707). Recent highlights include conducting three oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi, as well as Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo and Messiah.
Following a successful debut conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, he was subsequently invited back to conduct the Symphony’s performances of Messiah and has conducted the work with Edmonton Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and returns to Symphony Nova Scotia to conduct it in the 19/20 season. Other guest appearances include those with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, UCLA, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Musica Angelica, and Early Music Vancouver.
As a guest conductor of opera, Stubbs has made multiple appearances with Opera Omaha including Handel’s Agrippina, Semele, and in the 19/20 season, Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista. He is a regular at the Juilliard School, most recently having conducted Cavalli’s La Calisto and Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Other recent opera engagements include Monteverdi’s operas Tancredi et Clorinda and Tirsi et Clori with Seattle Opera, Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Merola Opera Institute, Handel’s Rodelinda, with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Overseas, he has led performances of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto in Bilbao, Spain, and Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Amsterdam’s Netherlands Opera.
Stephen Stubbs was born in Seattle, Washington, where he studied composition, piano and harpsichord at the University of Washington. In 1974 he moved to England to study lute with Robert Spencer and then to Amsterdam for further study with Toyohiko Satoh and soon became a mainstay of the burgeoning early-music movement there, working with Alan Curtis on Italian opera in Italy, William Christie on French opera in France, as well as various ensembles in England and Germany, particularly the Hilliard Ensemble. After a thirty-year career in Europe, Mr. Stubbs returned to his native Seattle in 2006, and in 2013 joined the University of Washington’s School of Music as Senior Artist in Residence. He made his public debut at the UW in May 2014 as artistic director and conductor of a Pacific MusicWorks and School of Music co-production of Handel’s 1743 opera Semele.