Ian Bostridge

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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.


Performance Schedule

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The Tempest Caliban

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

Semele Jupiter
Acis and Galatea Acis

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

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

The Bartered Bride Vasek

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


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