About Il ballo delle Ingrate

Sat. 13 Mar. 2021

7: 00 PM

Donald Byrd, Stephen Stubbs, and Theodore Deacon

Opera: A Night in Hell: Ballo delle ingrate

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This miniature baroque opera by Claudio Monteverdi boasts a story line only a twisted baroque mind could conjure: women are banished to hell for the sin of being less than amorous to their suitors.  Reinvented by stage director Donald Byrd and music director Stephen Stubbs, the work comes roaring back to life in a 1940s mob-controlled nightclub. Originally presented and filmed in 2011(?) in Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre, this new super-titled version is framed by an interactive conversation with the directors.

Donald Byrd has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. His career has been long and complex, and his choreographic and theatrical interests are broad. The New York Times describes him as “a choreographer with multiple personalities … an unabashed eclectic.” He is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. Read more… 


Stephen Stubbs, who won the GRAMMY® Award as conductor for Best Opera Recording in 2015, spent a 30-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. Read more…


Theodore Deacon earned his doctorate at the University of Washington School of Music and served there as professor of music, drama, and as director of its Opera Department. He has led a long and varied career as stage director, actor, composer, conductor, musicologist, music editor, and is an internationally respected lecturer and translator. In historically-informed music circles Dr. Deacon has worked with such luminaries as Jordi Savall, William Christie, Benjamin Bagby, and Stephen Stubbs. For over 20 years he has been a frequent contributor to London’s prestigious music magazine, Opera as well as the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News.


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