With its unique constellation of leading continuo and solo players, Tragicomedia has been a familiar name and important influence in the field of early music since 1987. Erin Headley, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and Alexander Weimann are brought together by mutual admiration and a common dedication to a rediscovery of the musical riches of the basso continuo era. In 1600 Agostino Agazzari described the enormous palette of instrumental colour – including lutes, chitarrones, keyboards and lirones – necessary for the effec tive realization of an accompaniment. This was the inspiration for Tragicomedia. In repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Bach, Tragicomedia explores every musical genre from lute song to fullystaged Baroque opera. Many of the group’s recordings have won prestigious prizes including a Gramophone award (UK), an Edision award (Holland), and several from Premio Internazionale del disco ‘Antonio Vivaldi’ (Italy).