In 2006, after enjoying a 30‐year career in Europe, Stephen Stubbs returned to his native Seattle as one of the world’s most respected lutenists, conductors and baroque opera specialists. He established Pacific MusicWorks in 2007, a new production company 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.
Stubbs, along with his longtime colleague Paul O’Dette, is the permanent artistic co‐director of the Boston Early Music Festival, whose recordings were nominated for three Grammy awards and won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2015. In 2014, Stubbs received the Mayor’s Arts Award for ‘Raising the Bar’ in Seattle.
Recent appearances include Handel’s Julius Caesar and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice in Bilbao, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Così fan tutte for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Handel’s Agrippina for Opera Omaha. Stubbs has also conducted Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and the Edmonton and City of Birmingham symphony orchestras.
His extensive discography as conductor and solo lutenist include well over 100 recordings, many of which have received international acclaim and awards. They can be heard at stephenstubbs.com.
In 2013, Stubbs was appointed senior artist in residence at the University of Washington School of Music. His first major production there was Handel’s Semele in 2014 followed by Mozart’s The Magic Flute the following year.