Stephen Stubbs

Biography

Born: 1951; Seattle, WA  
Seattle native Stephen Stubbs was raised with an innate love of music and music-making. Initially, his passions lay equally in "early music" and the twentieth century avant-garde, taking first a degree in music composition. At the same time, he learned to play keyboard and plucked instruments, specializing in the principal Baroque accompanying instruments, harpsichord and lute. These specialties led him to further study in Europe, and a 1976 Read more debut at London's Wigmore Hall. By this point, Stubbs' career in early music -- both as an active scholar and a performing musician -- was in the ascendant. His research and performing life on the lute, citarrone, and Baroque guitar helped re-establish these plucked continuo instruments within the soundscape of Baroque music; in 1980 they also landed Stubbs a post as professor of lute (and of performing practice) at the Hochschule der Künste, Bremen.

1987 was a watershed year in Stubbs' life and in the history of the early music revival. For that year's Bruges Early Music Festival, Stubbs directed a production of Stefano Landi's opera La Morte d'Orfeo. The success of this production launched Stubbs as one of the most called-upon directors of early opera performances, and spun off the highly successful ensemble Tragicomedia. The group at its core consists of Stubbs and two others of the best early continuo players in the world: harpist Andrew Lawrence-King and lirone virtuoso Erin Headley. Together as Tragicomedia, the three have formed the core of major productions of all three surviving operas of Claudio Monteverdi, Francesca Caccini's Ruggiero, Sartorio's L'Orfeo, Stefano Landi's Orfeo, and the opera Orfeo of Luigi Rossi. Their performances have included every major European and American early music festival and have used collaborations with such performers as Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Philippe Herreweghe and La Chapelle Royale, and a new partnership with lutenist Paul O'Dette. The group has toured three continents, released over 20 CDs, and received an Edison Award in 1994 for a Monteverdi madrigal program. In 1998, Stubbs founded yet another ensemble, the late-Baroque orchestra Teatro Lirico. Read less

Biography

Born: 1951; Seattle, WA  
Seattle native Stephen Stubbs was raised with an innate love of music and music-making. Initially, his passions lay equally in "early music" and the twentieth century avant-garde, taking first a degree in music composition. At the same time, he learned to play keyboard and plucked instruments, specializing in the principal Baroque accompanying instruments, harpsichord and lute. These specialties led him to further study in Europe, and a 1976 Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prologue: Overture
Prologue: Recitative: Ce n'est plus le temps de la Guerre (Flore, Chorus of all the Deities of the Earth and the Waters)
Prologue: Dialogue: Rendez-vous, Beautez cruelles (Vertumne, Palemon)
Prologue: Menuet: Dans le bel age (Flore)
Prologue: Nous goutons une Paix profonde (Chorus of all the Deities of the Earth and the Waters)
Prologue: Pourquoy du Ciel m'obliger a descendre? (Venus)
Prologue: Symphony
Prologue: Mon Fils, si tu plains mes mal-heurs (Venus)
Prologue: Entra'acte (Overture)
Act I Scene 1: Enfin ma Soeur, le Ciel est appaise (Aglaure, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 1: Tout succede a nos desir (Cidippe, Aglaure)
Act I Scene 2: Ah! Princesse! (Lychas, Aglaure, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 2: Pleurons, pleurons; en de is grands mal-heurs (Lychas, Aglaure, Cidippe)
Act I Scene 2: Italian Lament
Act I Scene 2: Deh, piangete al pianto mio (Grieving Woman, First Grieving Man, Second Grieving Man)
Act I Scene 2: Rispondete a miei lamenti (Grieving Woman)
Act I Scene 2: Com' esser puo fra voi, o numi eterni (Second Grieving Man)
Act I Scene 2: Nume fiero (First Grieving Man, Second Grieving Man)
Act I Scene 2: Air
Act I Scene 2: Ahi ch'indarno si torda (Grieving Woman, First Grieving Man, Second Grieving Man)
Act I Scene 3: vient, a la voir je tremble (Aglaure, Cidippe, )
Act I Scene 4: Seigneur, vous soupirez vous-mesme? (, The King)
Act I Scene 4: Entr'acte: Air
Act II Scene 1: Cyclops, achevez ce superbe Palais (Vulcain)
Act II Scene 2: Pressez-vous ce Travail que l'Amour vous demande? (Zephire, Vulcain)
Act II Scene 2: Depeschez preparez ces lieux (Vulcain)
Act II Scene 2: Servez bien un Dieu si Charmant (Vulcain)
Act II Scene 3: Quoy, vous vous employez pour le fiere (Venus, Vulcain)
Act II Scene 3: Prelude
Act II Scene 4: Ou suis-je? ()
Act II Scene 5: Quels agreable sons ont frappe mes oreilles? (, Nymph, Zephyr, 2 Zephyr, L'Amour)
Act II Scene 6: Et bien, , des cruautez du Sort (L'Amour, )
Act II Scene 6: Aimable Jeunesse (First Nymph, Second and Third Nymphs)
Act II Scene 6: L'Amour a des charmes (First Nymph, Second and Third Nymphs)
Act II Scene 6: Entr'acte: Air
Act III: Ritournelle
Act III Scene 1: Pompe que ce Palais de tous costez etale (Venus)
Act III Scene 2: Que fais-ful montre toy (Venus, )
Act III Scene 3: A la fin je vay voir mon destin eclaircy (, L'Amour)
Act III Scene 4: Arrestez, cher Amant, aou fuiez-vous si viste? ()
Act III Scene 5: Ah! Nymphe, venez-vous soulager mes ennuis? (, Venus)
Act III Scene 6: Vous m'abandonnez-donc, cruel and cher Amant? ()
Act III Scene 7: Arreste, c'est trop tost renoncer a l'espoir (The River, )
Act III Scene 7: Entr'acte: Air
Act IV Scene 1: Par quels noirs and facheux passages ()
Act IV Scene 2: Ou penses-tu porter tes pas (The 3 Furies, , One Fury)
Act IV Scene 2: Air des Demons
Act IV Scene 3: Venez, Nymphes de l'Acheron (The 3 Furies, The 2 Nymphs, , First Nymph, Second Nymph)
Act IV Scene 3: Entr'acte: Air
Act V: Ritournelle
Act V Scene 1: Si je fais vanite de ma tendresse extreme ()
Act V Scene 2: Enfin, insolente Rivale (Venus, )
Act V Scene 3: Vous croyez trop la jalouze colere (Mercure, Venus)
Act V Scene 3: Venus veut-elle resister? (Jupiter, Venus, , L'Amour)
Act V Scene 3: Recitative: Unissons-nous, Troupe Immortelle (Appollon)
Act V Scene 3: Celebrons ce grand Jour (Chorus of Celestial Deities)
Act V Scene 3: Recitative: Si quelque fois (Bacchus)
Act V Scene 3: Recitative: Je cherche a medire (Mome)
Act V Scene 3: Recitative: Mes plus fiers Ennemis vaincus ou pleins d'efroy (Mars)
Act V Scene 3: Chantons les plaisirs charmants (Chorus of the Gods, together with Trumpets and Timpani)
Act V Scene 3: Le Dieu qui nous engage (Apollon)
Act V Scene 3: Ce seroit grand dommage (Apollon)
Act V Scene 3: Gardez-vous, Beautez severes (The Muses')
Act V Scene 3: On ne peut aimer sans peines (Muses')
Act V Scene 3: Admirons le Jus de la Treille (Bacchus)
Act V Scene 3: Bacchus veut qu'on boive a longs traits (Silene)
Act V Scene 3: Ce Dieu rend nos voeux satisfaits (Silene)
Act V Scene 3: Voulez-vous des douceurs parfaites? (Silene, 2 Satyrs, A Satyr, Second Satyr)
Act V Scene 3: Falatrons, divertissons-nour (Mome)
Act V Scene 3: Plaisantons, ne pardonnons rien (Mome)
Act V Scene 3: Prelude
Act V Scene 3: Laissons en paix toute la Terre (Mars)
Act V Scene 3 : Finale
Act V Scene 3: Finale: Chantons les Plaisirs charmants (Chorus)


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