Friday September 29, 2017 | 4:00-5:00PM
Christ Church Cathedral | Map
As part of Culture Days, and in anticipation of EMV’s October performance of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo at the Chan Centre, EMV will host an open-rehearsal followed by a discussion with music director Stephen Stubbs on his experience with performing this pivotal work over the years. This event is free to the public.
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Stephen Stubbs, who won the Grammy Award as conductor for Best Opera Recording in 2015, spent a thirty-year career in Europe. He returned to his native Seattle in 2006 as one of the world’s most respected lutenists, conductors, and Baroque opera specialists, and in 2014 was awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for “Raising the Bar” in Seattle. Before his return, he was based in Bremen, Germany, where he was Professor at the Hochschule für Künste.
In 2007 Stephen established his new production company, Pacific MusicWorks (PMW), based in Seattle, reflecting his lifelong interest in both early music and contemporary performance. The company’s inaugural presentation was a production of South African artist William Kentridge’s acclaimed multimedia staging of Claudio Monteverdi’s opera The Return of Ulysses in a co-production with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. PMW’s performances of the Monteverdi Vespers were described in the press as “utterly thrilling” and “of a quality you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world.”
Stephen is also the Boston Early Music Festival’s Artistic Co-Director along with his long-time colleague Paul O’Dette. Stephen and Paul are also the musical directors of all BEMF operas, recordings of which were nominated for four Grammy awards and won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2015.
Other recent appearances have included Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Gluck’s Orfeo in Bilbao, Mozart’s Magic Flute and Così fan tutte for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Handel’s Agrippina and Semele for Opera Omaha. In recent years he has conducted Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle, Edmonton, and Birmingham Symphony orchestras. His extensive discography includes well over 100 CDs, many of which have received international acclaim and awards.
In 2013, Stephen was appointed Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music. His first major production there was Handel’s Semele in May 2014, followed by Mozart’s Magic Flute in 2015 and Gluck’s Orphée in 2016.