After a thirty-year career in Europe, musical director and lutenist Stephen Stubbs recently returned to his native Seattle to establish his new opera company, Pacific Musicworks.
With his direction of Stefano Landi’s La Morte d’Orfeo at the 1987 Bruges festival, he began his career as an opera director and founded the ensemble Tragicomedia. Stubbs has been invited to direct opera productions in Europe, the US, Canada and Scandinavia. Since 1997 he has codirected the biennial Boston Early Music Festival opera. The Festival’s recordings of Conradi’s Ariadne and Lully’s Thesée and Psyché have been nominated for Grammy awards in 2005, 2007 & 2009.
Stephen Stubbs created the ensemble Teatro Lirico, which made its recording debut in 1996 with the CD Love and Death in Venice. Their debut CD on ECM was a New York Times “pick of the year” for 2006.
Stubbs’ solo lute recordings include the music of J. S. Bach, S. L. Weiss, David Kellner and Jaques St. Luc. With Baroque harpist Maxine Eilander he has recorded Sonate al Pizzico, released on ATMA in 2004.
To cultivate the singers and players of the next generation he founded an early opera course called the Accademia d’Amore in 1997, which is now based in Seattle under the auspices of the Seattle Academy of Opera. He currently also heads a new program in early music at the Cornish College of the Arts.