Tenor

Ian Bostridge

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Introduction

Ian Bostridge’s international recital career takes him to the foremost concert halls of Europe, Japan and North America, with regular appearances at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Aldeburgh festivals. He has had residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall.

In opera, he has performed the roles Lysander (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival, Tamino (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) and Jupiter (Handel Semele) for English National Opera and Peter Quint (Britten The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni) and Caliban (Adès The Tempest) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For the Bayerische Staatsoper he has sung Nerone (Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress) and Male Chorus (Britten The Rape of Lucretia), for the Wiener Staatsoper he has sung Don Ottavio and for the Teatro alla Scala Milan he has sung Peter Quint. He has sung Aschenbach (Britten Death in Venice) for English National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels and in Luxembourg.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Berlioz Les nuits d’été with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, recital tours to both the East and West coasts of America, the title role in Handel Jeptha at the Opéra national de Paris, a residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten’s War Requiem with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Antonio Pappano.

His many recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for fifteen Grammys. He was awarded a CBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours.  In 2016 he was awarded the The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize for non-fiction writing for his latest book, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession.


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Performance Schedule

  • 20:00 20 Sep 2017 Konzerthaus Dortmund, DORTMUND More info  

    HAYDN Volksliedbearbeitungen
    1) John O’ Badenyon JHW XXXII/3, No. 189; Hob. XXXIa:24bis
    2) Variations on My Love She’s But A Lassie Yet JHW XXXII/3, No. 264
    3) The Britons [Y Brython] JHW XXXII/4, No. 336; Hob. XXXIb:51
    4) Edinburgh Kate JHW XXXII/3, No. 192; Hob. XXXIa:69bis
    5) Rattling Roaring Willy JHW XXXII/3, No. 229; Hob. XXXIa:227
    6) Dafydd Y Garreg-Wen. David Of The White Rock JHW XXXII/4, No. 330; Hob. XXXIb:4
    7) Y Cymry Dedwydd. The Happy Cambrians JHW XXXII/4, No. 354; Hob. XXXIb:32
    8) Variations on Bannocks O’ Barleymeal JHW XXXII/3, No. 265
    HAYDN ‘London Trio’ d-moll Hob. XV:23
    -INTERVAL-
    BRIDGE ‘Phantasie c-moll für Klaviertrio’
    BEETHOVEN Volksliedbearbeitungen
    1) Morning A Cruel Turmoiler Is (WoO 152)
    2) The Lovely Lass Of Inverness (Op. 108)
    3) O Who My Dear Dermot (WoO 154)
    4) The Parting Kiss (WoO 155), a-Moll
    5) O Mary, Ye’s Be Clad In Silk (Op. 158b)
    6) The Return Of Ulster (WoO 152)
    7) Come Draw We Round A Cheerful Ring (WoO 152)
    8) The Pulse Of An Irishman (WoO 154)

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE
    Violin: Henja Semmler
    Violoncello: Antoaneta Emanuilova
    Piano: Jonathan Aner

  • 20:00 22 Sep 2017 Peterskirche Weinheim, WEINHEIM More info  

    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasie über ein Thema von Thomas Tallis für Streichquartett und zwei Streichorchester (rev. 1919)
    PURCELL: Evening Hymn, arr. Britten (arranged by Andrew Manze)
    BRITTEN: Les Illuminations für hohe Stimme und Streicher op.18
    SCHÖNBERG: Kammersinfonie Nr. 1 E-Dur, op. 9 für 15 Soloinstrumente

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE

    Deutsche Staatsophilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

  • 19:30 24 Sep 2017 Friedenskirche Ludwigshafen, LUDWIGSHAFEN More info  

    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasie über ein Thema von Thomas Tallis für Streichquartett und zwei Streichorchester (rev. 1919)
    PURCELL: Evening Hymn, arr. Britten (arranged by Andrew Manze)
    BRITTEN: Les Illuminations für hohe Stimme und Streicher op.18
    SCHÖNBERG: Kammersinfonie Nr. 1 E-Dur, op. 9 für 15 Soloinstrumente

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE

    Deutsche Staatsophilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

  • 18:00 01 Oct 2017 Philharmonie Cologne, COLOGNE More info  

    BRITTEN: Serenade
    DEAN: Pastoral Symphony
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6

    Conductor: Nicholas Collon

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE

    Horn: Nicolas Fleury
    Aurora Orchestra

  • 20:00 24 Oct 2017 St John the Evangelist Oxford, OXFORD More info  

    BRAHMS
    Es träumte mir op 57 no 3
    Auf dem Kirchhofe op 105 no 4
    Herbstgefühl op 48 no 7
    Der Gang zum Liebchen op 48 no 1
    Geheimnis op 71 no 3
    Minnelied op 71 no 5
    Alte Liebe op 72 no 1
    Sommerfäden op 72 no 2
    O kühler Wald op 72 no 3
    Verzagen op 72 no 4
    Uber die Heide op 86 no 4
    Mein Herz ist schwer op 94 no 3
    Botschaft op 47 no 1

    Interval

    WOLF
    Mörike-Lieder:
    Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
    Der Knabe und das Immlein
    Jägerlied
    Der Tambour
    Begegnung
    Nimmersatte Liebe
    Verborgenheit
    Auf ein altes Bild
    In der Frühe
    Gebet
    Peregrina 1 and 2
    Der Feuerreiter
    Abschied

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE
    Piano: Julius Drake

  • 19:30 02 Nov 2017 Benaroya Hall, SEATTLE More info  

    BERLIOZ
    ‘Les nuits d’été’
    Symphonie Fantastique

    Tenor: Ian Bostridge

    Conductor: LUDOVIC MORLOT
    Seattle Symphony

  • 20:00 04 Nov 2017 Benaroya Hall, SEATTLE More info  

    BERLIOZ
    ‘Les nuits d’été’
    Symphonie Fantastique

    Tenor: Ian Bostridge

    Conductor: LUDOVIC MORLOT
    Seattle Symphony

  • 14:00 05 Nov 2017 Benaroya Hall, SEATTLE More info  

    BERLIOZ
    ‘Les nuits d’été’
    Symphonie Fantastique

    Tenor: Ian Bostridge

    Conductor: LUDOVIC MORLOT
    Seattle Symphony

  • 20:00 10 Nov 2017 Zellerbach Hall, BERKELEY More info  

    SCHUBERT ‘Winterreise’

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE
    Piano: Wenwen Du

  • 16:00 12 Nov 2017 Mendelssohn Hall, SANTA MONICA More info  

    SCHUBERT ‘Winterreise’

    IAN BOSTRIDGE: TENOR
    Wenwen Du: piano

  • 16:00 18 Nov 2017 Teatro della Pergola, FLORENCE More info  

    DEBUSSY:
    Fêtes Galantes 2 (Les ingénus, Le faune, Colloque sentimental)

    RAVEL:
    Shéhérazade

    POULENC:
    C
    Fêtes Galantes
    Dans le jardin d’Anna
    Allons plus Vite
    Tel Jour
    Telle Nuit

    BERLIOZ:
    Les Nuits d’Eté (Villanelle, Le spectre de la rose, Sur les lagunes, Absence, Au cimetière, L’île inconnue)

    Tenor: IAN BOSTRIDGE
    Piano: JULIUS DRAKE

From The Green Room

Online Performances

 

Discography

Repertoire

OPERA REPERTOIRE

ADÈS
The Tempest Caliban

BRITTEN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lysander / Flute
Billy Budd Captain Vere
Curlew River Madwoman
Death in Venice Aschenbach
The Rape of Lucretia Male Chorus
The Turn of the Screw Prologue / Quint

HANDEL
Semele Jupiter
Acis and Galatea Acis

MONTEVERDI
L’incoronazione di Poppea Nerone
L’Orfeo title role
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Ulisse

MOZART
Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
Die Zauberflöte Tamino
Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Idomeneo title role

SMETANA
The Bartered Bride Vasek

STRAVINSKY
The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Oedipus Rex title role

 

Please contact Mary Donald for information of Ian Bostridge’s song and concert repertoire

Ian Bostridge / Faber & Faber

BOOK PUBLICATIONS – FABER & FABER

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession
by Ian Bostridge (Faber & Faber / 1 January 2015)
Winner of The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize for non-fiction writing 2016

“Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the most powerful and one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. In his new book, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, Ian Bostridge – one of the work’s finest interpreters – focusses on the context, resonance and personal significance of the work. Drawing on his vast experience of performing Winterreise, on his musical knowledge and on his training as a scholar, Ian Bostridge unpicks the enigmas and subtle meaning of each of the 24 songs to explore the world Schubert inhabited, bringing the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.”

Radio Open Source podcast interview: A Winter Journey with Ian Bostridge

“Some Winter Wonders”
Review by Alfred Brendel in the New York Review of Books
4 June 2015 (subscription required)

“A magnificent study of one of the most influential and simultaneously mysterious musical works of the Romantic period. And there’s no one better to crack it open than Bostridge, who knows its wormholes better than anyone.”
Jessica Ferri, The Daily Beast, 11 March 2015

“A new book promises to deepen the understanding of the legions of “Winterreise” devotees, while offering encouragement to interested music lovers who have had difficulty following the lieder. The tenor Ian Bostridge, a leading interpreter of “Winterreise,” has written a cross between an idiosyncratic guide to the song cycle and a freewheeling meditation on it, “Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession,” which he says at the outset aims “to explain, to justify, to contextualize and embroider.” … Mr. Bostridge, something of a polymath, draws on his deep reading and his long experience singing the cycle to explore Schubert’s world, the roots of the songs and how they have been received since they were written.”
Michael Cooper, New York Times, 18 February 2015

“His beautifully produced book offers many new insights that will inform the enjoyment of both old admirers and newcomers to the music. …  Mr Bostridge is a good storyteller and keeps the reader in constant suspense.”
The Economist, 17 January 2015

“Bostridge’s highly enjoyable book provides a rewarding, intelligently written companion to the piece for those who know it well, as well as for those who are approaching it for the first time.”
Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times, 4 January 2015

“Winterreise, Bostridge argues, is “a message in a bottle set afloat in the cultural ocean of 1828” and, with the confidence of a master oarsman, Bostridge sails these waters with awesome virtuosity.”
Neil Fisher, The Times, 3 January 2015

“In the book, he inhabits not only the work, but the man. And — his most important achievement in writing it — it sends you scurrying back to the music.”
Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times, 28 December 2014

“Illuminating and comprehensive . . . rich, highly readable.”
Kirkus Reviews / November 2014 issue

“an impressive success: a long-gestated, intensely enjoyable study of Schubert’s Winterreise”
Literary Review, Rupert Christiansen, December 2014

A Singer’s Notebook
by Ian Bostridge (published Faber & Faber, October 2011)
voted a “Book of the Year” in both the Independent and the Financial Times.

“revelatory … this sparkling collection”  
Adam Lively, Sunday Times, 2 October 2011

“these are the thoughts of a profoundly engaged artist … provocative, astringent, capable of arresting insights”
Michael Church, The Independent, 30 September 2011

“impressively omnivorish”
The Sunday Telegraph

“weaving together … an enormously wide culture with acutely observed physical sensations” The Daily Telegraph

“a consistently lively, learned, urbane and passionate book, once opened not likely to be closed until you have read it all”
Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine, October 2011

“enjoyable and illuminating” 
Rupert Christiansen, Sight & Sound, October 2011

“informative and thoughtful”
Robin Holloway, The Guardian, 7 October 2011

My Summer Reading: Tenor Ian Bostridge
Hilary Whitney interviews Ian Bostridge ahead of the publication of A Singer’s Notebook, a collection of reviews and essays by Bostridge (September 2011, Faber and Faber)
The Arts Desk / 23 August 2011