Ian Bostridge


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 Konzerthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Barbican, Luxembourg Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. In opera he has performed the roles of Tamino, Jupiter (Semele) and Aschenbach (Death in Venice) at ENO, Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Caliban (The Tempest) for the Royal Opera, Don Ottavio in Vienna and Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) in Munich.   

Recent engagements include a tour of Asia with guitarist Xuefei Yang, and the Evangelist in a staged St Matthew Passion for the Hamburg State Opera.  Highlights of the 2016/17 season include his operatic debut at La Scala, Milan as Peter Quint (‘The Turn of the Screw’), an American recital tour of Schubert’s ‘Winterreisse’ with Thomas Adès, a staged Schubert project with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of Zender’s ‘Winterreise’ in Taipei, Perth and for Musikkollegium Winterthur, and Britten’s Curlew River in Hamburg and Madrid.

His many recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for fourteen 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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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: Orfeo

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: Ulisse

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Belmonte

Die Zauberflöte: Tamino

Don Giovanni: Don Ottavio

Idomeneo: Idomeneo

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

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Wigmore Hall, LONDON

Songs on texts by William Shakespeare

Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring
Byrd: Caleno Custure Me
Morley: It was a Lover and his Lass
Wilson: Take O Take Those Lips away
Morley: O Mistress Mine
Johnson: Where the Bee Sucks
Johnson: Full Fathom Five


Schubert: An Silvia, D891
Haydn: She Never told her Love
Quilter: Come Away. death
Gurney: Under the Greenwood Tree
Warlock: Pretty Ring Time
Warlock: Sweet and Twenty
Korngold: Desdemona’s Song
Korngold: Come away, death
Korngold: Adieu, good man devil
Poulenc: Fancie
Britten: Fancie
Tippett: Songs for Ariel
Stravinsky: Three Songs from William Shakespeare

Antonio Pappano: piano
Elizabeth Kenny: Lute
Adam Walker: Flute
Michael Collins: Clarinet
Lawrence Power: Viola
Eve Best: Readings

Stadthaus Winterthur, WINTERTHUR

GUSTAV HOLST: St Paul's Suite, op. 29
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: "Les Illuminations", op. 18 für hohe Stimme und Streichorchester
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Variationen über ein Thema von Frank Bridge, op. 10
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Musikkollegium Winterthur
Roberto Gonzales Monjas: conductor

De Vereeniging Nijmegen, NIJMEGEN

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


Dein Angesicht op 127 no 2
Lehn deine Wang op 142 no 2
Es Leuchtet meine Liebe op 127 no 3
Mein Wagen rollet langsam op 142 no 4

Liederkreis Op. 24
Morgens steh' ich auf und frage
Es treibt mich hin
Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
Lieb' Liebchen
Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
Warte, warte wilder Schiffsmann
Berg' und Burgen schaun herunter
Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen
Mit Myrten und Rosen

Julius Drake: piano

Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, AMSTERDAM

HAYDN: English Canzonettas
Sailor's Song
She Never Told her Love
The Wanderer

BRITTEN: Winter Words, Op 52


Lord! I Have Sinned (Pelham Humfrey)
Hymn to God the Father (Pelham Humfrey)
A Hymn On Divine Musick (William Croft)

BRITTEN: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op 35
O my blacke Soule!
Batter my heart
O might those sighes and teares
O, to vex me
What if this present
Since she whom I lov‘d
At the round earth‘s imagined corners
Thou hast made me
Death be not proud

Julius Drake: piano

TivoliVredenburg, UTRECHT

HAYDN: English Canzonettas
Sailor's Song
She Never Told her Love
The Wanderer

BRITTEN: Winter Words, Op 52


Lord! I Have Sinned (Pelham Humfrey)
Hymn to God the Father (Pelham Humfrey)
A Hymn On Divine Musick (William Croft)

BRITTEN: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op 35
O my blacke Soule!
Batter my heart
O might those sighes and teares
O, to vex me
What if this present
Since she whom I lov‘d
At the round earth‘s imagined corners
Thou hast made me
Death be not proud

Julius Drake: piano

Stadthaus Winterthur, WINTERTHUR

SCHUMANN: Liederkreis, op. 24
SCHUMANN: Adagio und Allegro for Horn and Piano, op. 70
BRITTEN: The Heart of the Matter for Tenor, speaker, horn and piano
SCHUBERT: Auf dem Strom D943

Julius Drake: piano
Alessio Allegrini: Horn

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Ian Bostridge / Faber & Faber

Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession
by Ian Bostridge (Faber & Faber / 1 January 2015)

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) was voted as a "Book of the Year" in both the Independent and the Financial Times.

"revelatory ... this sparkling collection"  The Sunday Times
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)   

Click here to read the article, The Arts Desk / 23 August 2011

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Benjamin Britten

The Turn of the Screw

Teatro alla Scala

Bravissimi tutti gli interpreti...Ian Bostridge riesce a diffondere una cupa e angosciante aura di mistero con la sua sola presenza, il personaggio di Peter Quint gli va a pennello.  Il Giornale della musica /Stefano Jacini
Postbarocchi dello spettro piu demoniaco, Quint, amaramente ricreato da Ian Bostridge, ... sembrano indirizzati a gelare lo stomaco di chi ascolta piu che alle orcchie.  La Repubblica/ Angelo Foletto
Ian Bostridge, a regular recitalist here in recent year, makes his operatic debut with music he has made his own. The Financial Times/ James Imam


Shakespeare Songs

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano, Warner Classics

"This is worth having for the first track alone: an impeccable account of Finzi’s Come Away, Death, with Ian Bostridge blending melancholy and nonchalance, Antonio Pappano accompanying with tender reticence. Bostridge, who names Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ades’s The Tempest as milestones, squeezes every nuance of meaning from these Shakespeare settings. The recital is well constructed: Elizabethan lute songs (with the incomparable Elizabeth Kenny) lead to Schubert’s An Silvia (sung in English) and on to Quilter, Gurney and Warlock. Three Korngold songs precede sharply contrasting settings of Fancie, by Poulenc and Britten. Tippett’s Songs for Ariel and three songs for Stravinsky complete this richly varied homage."
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 28 August 2016
"As anniversary tributes go, this is a good one. With the help of lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and a starry roster of solo instrumentalists, Bostridge roams not only over four centuries of repertoire (from Byrd and Morley to Tippett) but also right across the music map, exploring responses to Shakespeare by Haydn, Schubert, Korngold, Poulenc and Stravinsky as well as home-grown composers.  ...  Bostridge’s sensitivity to text and ability to spin a line right through even the densest of consonant clusters makes for a compelling collection"
Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone, October 2016
"Ian Bostridge has compiled a nicely varied programme for his Shakespeare tribute."
Richard Fariman, Financial Times, 2 September 2016


Recital: 21 May 2016

Wenwen Du (piano), Herbst Theater, San Francisco

"Bostridge could harness both dramatic and musical skills to enable his perceptive interpretations of Schubert to introduce the audience to those less-familiar poets and the dramatic qualities of their texts."
San Francisco Examiner, 22 May 2016


Zender's Winterreise: old, new, borrowed – but still true

Ian Bostridge explains why he agreed to approach a work he knows so intimately through the dark mirror of Hans Zender’s ‘composed interpretation’

Please click on the link to read full article Ian Bostridge, The Guardian, 12 May 2016



Britten Sinfonia, Barbican Centre, London

"Bostridge, in excellent voice and acting with rare subtlety, can have done nothing better than this"
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraphy 13 May 2016
"So strong is Schubert’s music, so direct is Müller’s verse and so finely intelligent is Bostridge’s singing that all peril is overcome and art gains."
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 15 May 2016
"At the centre of it, too, is Bostridge’s impeccably coloured performance, his articulation of every morsel of the text utterly lucid, even when, in Zender’s version, it has to be spoken or delivered as Sprechgesang. His concept of what the cycle encompasses is projected as clearly as it always is."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 13 May 2016
"And what of that wanderer? This is where tenor Ian Bostridge steps in, reprising a role he has sung for 30 years. Costumed like the master of ceremonies from Cabaret, he appears both on screen and in the flesh. At one point he stares a younger version of himself in the eye; at another he sprawls lifelessly in the snow. It’s elegant, inventive, a haunting take on alienation, and Jones stokes rather than smothers our imagination.
As does Bostridge himself, who brings more stillness and poise to his performance than usual. It pays off particularly in the quiet resignation of “Letzte Hoffnung” and in the glassy calm of “Der Lindenbaum”, which, in Zender’s interpretation, constantly threatens to shatter. When combined with the accordion-soaked growls of the Britten Sinfonia under Baldur Brönnimann, the effect is rarely less than chilling."
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 15th May 2016


OAE 30th Anniversary season opening concert: 14 October 2015

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Steven Devine, St John's Smith Square

"Tenor Ian Bostridge was the pillar of the whole programme. The cerebral singer has a distinctive technique which he always puts to interpretative use. This was particularly marked in the by turn confiding and excited tone of Telemann’s cantata Dass mein Erlöser lebt, with which he opened, and, supremely, in Handel’s Scherza infida from Ariodante, not to mention the Silete Venti motet after the interval. In the former, Bostridge’s range of desolate remorse, against a caressing violin accompaniment, was very special. But it was the motet, with its prodigious range of vocal demands and expressive opportunities, and Bostridge now thoroughly warmed up vocally, that was the high point."
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 15 October 2015


Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis, Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall

"Britten’s realisations of Bach’s Five Spiritual Songs, which mostly speak of approaching death ... certainly suited Bostridge’s ascetic approach. His was a beautifully pared-down performance, giving us choirboy tonal purity and pianissimi that, in “Liebster Herr Jesu” especially, raised goosebumps. Most importantly, it was a performance that allowed the words’ sentiments to speak for themselves."
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 9 October 2015
"This was character singing of a high order, not consoling in the least but uncomfortably persuasive."
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 8 October 2015


Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Academy of Ancient Music, Barbican Centre

"Ian Bostridge’s Ulisse may not quite be Homer’s wily wanderer, but there’s a rangy urgency about both his physicality and vocal delivery that brings real menace to the king-in-disguise. Deploying everything from a bladed snarl to mezza voce croon, his hero is war-broken and complicated, but redeemed in Monteverdi’s exquisite final duet – a flowering of melody after unyielding recitative."
Alexandra Coughlan, The Arts Desk, 30 September 2015
"It was usually in the scenes that involved Ian Bostridge’s Ulysses that things sparked into life. Bostridge’s voice seems to acquire more richness and tonal range, especially in the lower registers, with every challenge he takes on, and he used its baritonal qualities to great effect here, bringing expressive variety to the free-flowing recitative that few others in the cast could match"
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 30 September 2015
"Amidst the large ensemble cast, the best performance of the night came from Ian Bostridge as Ulisse. Besides his powerful voice, which actually felt light because it was so expansive, he provided an intriguing portrayal of a hero who, despite never actually shying away from danger, could not help but to have grown weary from all of the setbacks he had faced."
Sam Smith, Music OMH, 29 September 2015


CD: Complete Songs, vol. 6

Graham Johnson, piano

"The British tenor’s vocal personality divides his listeners, but his commitment to German art song can’t be challenged. Brahmsians will want this volume of Graham Johnson’s continuing series, not least for his explanatory notes, which provide detailed information on individual songs. Bostridge chooses to perform rarities: the complete Op 32, which contains gems beyond the familiar Wie rafft ich mich and Wie bist du, meine Königin; and three of the late Four Songs, Op 96. He sings the Minnelied, Op 71, No 5, with rapt intensity." Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 6 September 2015
"In his complete lieder surveys for the Hyperion label, one of Graham Johnson’s great talents has been matching songs to singer, building recital recordings that work on their own and also suit the demands of the whole. Ian Bostridge’s reflective, often pained way with words would not suit all of Brahms’s songs, but ... this is one of the tenor’s finest releases. Take the Opus 85 landscapes, the Heine settings “Sommerabend” and “Mondenschein,” which shimmer with detail, or the last of the Opus 32 “Lieder und Gesänge,” “Wie bist du, meine Königin” — a master class of descriptive subtlety from singer and pianist alike."
David Allen, New York Times, 9 September 2015


Recital: 30 June 2015

The Mansion House, London

"Bostridge delivered everything from memory, and it was a tribute to his immaculate German diction that even in the rather boomy, unfocused acoustic of the Mansion House he was able to make so many of the words clear. 
The Op 39 Liederkreis was inevitably the highlight; the way in which Bostridge heightened the gothic atmosphere of Auf einer Burg, using a bleached, sprechgesang-like approach and digging a real rasp out of the lowest registers of his voice, was very special lieder singing."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 1 July 2015
"This duo provided thrilling moments of spontaneity and inspiration"

"A characteristic Bostridge sound is the single-note crescendo, gradually acquiring intensity and penetration. It’s a wonderfully plangent effect and he deployed it frequently in all three collections heard"
Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 1 July 2015

Recital: 15 June 2015

Melbourne Recital Centre

"Tenor Ian Bostridge's storytelling captivates at Melbourne Recital Centre"

"The many diverse colours of Bostridge's beautiful tenor voice were employed to bring these narratives to life. Bostridge does more than just sing these songs, he delivers an experience. Moving constantly around the stage, he takes the audience into a spellbinding world of restless emotions."
Martin Duffy, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June 2015


War Requiem

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Hamer Hall, Melbourne

"Each soloist brought a unique perspective on the work; the booming voice of Pavlovskaya countering the captivating,  vibrant tones of Bostridge,  and Henschel offering a heartfelt, yet straightforward interpretation."
Joel Carnegie, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 2015
"Interspersed in the Latin mass Owen’s words, sung supremely in turns by German bass-baritone Dietrich Henschel and English tenor Ian Bostridge, mixed the ideas of glory and sacrifice with slaughter, death and the idiocy of command."
Andrea Gillum, ArtsHub, 16 June 2015

Songs of World War I

Recital tour of North America

Park Avenue Armory, New York: 17 April 2015

"...at the Park Avenue Armory, war’s echoes resounded again, in a devastating concert by Ian Bostridge and his superb pianist, Wenwen Du." David Allen, The New York Times, 19 April 2015
Hertz Concert Hall, Berkeley: 12 April 2015

"But Bostridge ... leapt into his “Great War” project and held nothing back. From the first measures of three songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn that opened the program — all of them performed at the brink of curdled, nihilistic abandon — a darkly coruscating afternoon unfolded."
Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice, 13 April 2015
Hertz Concert Hall, Berkeley: 12 April 2015

"In each composer's music, Bostridge proved an ideal interpreter.  The tenro remains an ageless presence, and his austere, pure-toned vocalism lent the songs an almost spectral intensity."
Georgia Rowe, Musical America, 14th April 2015
Park Avenue Armory: 17 April 2015

"Bostridge has a dramatic manner that is driven by his deep intelligence and learning. He sings with such clarity and assurance about the subject that one need not know the language nor refer to the text to understand his meaning. His voice was superb—the warm penumbra he had when younger is gone, but that is a gain, as out of it has come polished steel."
George Grella, New York Classical Review, 18 April 2015
Vancouver Playhouse: 15 April 2015

"British tenor Ian Bostridge delivers complex, commanding Winterreise
Darker, more ironic, and consummately theatrical"
David Gordon, The Vancouver Sun, 16 April 2015



Recital tour of North America

Union College, Schenectady: 19 April 2015

"Bostridge brings beauty and terror to 'Winterreise'. Despite tenor Ian Bostridge’s best efforts to keep his recitals from being all about singing, it’s obvious that he is still a very fine singer."
Joseph Dalton, Times Union, 20 April 2015
Vancouver Playhouse: 15 April, 2015

"British tenor Ian Bostridge delivers complex, commanding Winterreise"
David Gordon, The Vancouver Sun, 16 April 2015
Union College, Schenectady: 19 April 2015

"Bostridge, who has sung this cycle for more than 25 years around the world, inhabited each song in an intense, focused and emotional way. Every note had meaning. His casual manner of leaning against the piano or walking about a bit made the songs like little stories.  His voice was rich and resonant with a dark, almost baritone-like timbre. His lower range growled and rumbled, his top notes soared. His phrases were fluid and even, rising or falling depending on the dynamic he chose. Vibrato was used as a color. Schubert seemed to have laid his lines well, so taking a breath was an effortless task. Silence and pacing were used to allow a song’s shape to settle. Bostridge’s German was immaculate."
Geraldine Freedman, Schenectady Daily Gazette, 22 April 2015


'The Magic in Schubert's Songs' by Ian Bostridge

Review of Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs by Graham Johnson


Les Illuminations

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm

"To call yourself an amateur, as one of the world’s foremost lieder-singers, is modest in an almost parodically British way. But Ian Bostridge does, according to conductor Daniel Harding. The reason is that Bostridge does not have a formal music education. However, he is a trained historian, with a doctorate about witchcraft from Oxford University under his belt. 
These dual roles were manifested vivaciously at Berwaldhallen yesterday evening. His confident, beautiful tenor and detailed articulation of Benjamin Britten’s song cycle Les Illuminations, created exactly the kind of desperate, or angry, invocation that characterizes this early work from 1939. Bostridge has, as he has shown in his subtle interpretations of Schubert, a rare ability to give body to the lyrics he sings, which he exhibited last night as well. 
After the Radio Symphony Orchestra played Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a work containing several musical illustrations of witchcraft (the music can be heard in the film The Shining among others), Bostridge held a talk about the French society’s view of witches during the eighteenth century, the time when the belief in witches and witchcraft slowly, but slower that one might think in this rational era, petered out. The Berlioz symphony only came to be a couple of decades after the French government had basically issued a statute hindering witchcraft prosecutions and convictions. 
A world-class singer, who after a concert can present a sterling history of ideas, as a backdrop to what has just been performed, may not be unique, but certainly spellbinding."
Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet, 20 March 2015



Thomas Ades, Barbican Centre, London

"This was without doubt the most extraordinary, riveting, uncanny performance of Schubert’s great song-cycle Winterreise I have ever witnessed."
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 13 January 2015
".. for any artist the live re-creation of this psychologically dark masterpiece is the real challenge, and in this Barbican performance, in which Bostridge shared the platform with pianist Thomas Adès, the two offered something unusually detailed and concentrated. If sharp definition is generally a mark of Bostridge’s interpretations, then this work in particular suits him down to the ground."
George Hall, The Guardian, 13 January 2015
"Vienna’s verdant springs and pitiless winters framed the action, with the protagonist’s encroaching delusions driving him on: what riveted us was not so much Bostridge’s beauty of tone as the emotional truth of every line, underscored as it was by Ades’s refined pianism. Unforgettable."
Michael Church, The Independent, 13 January 2015

RECITAL, 5 January 2015

Teatro alla Scala, Milan / Ian Bostridge & Thomas Adés

"His musicianship is outstanding. He has a myriad of ways of approaching and sustaining each note, and searches out and reveals every colour and nuance in his beautiful voice. He maximises the effect of the words: he caresses them, teases them and occasionally spits them out accompanied by a blue-eyed venomous stare. In doing so he even risks interrup­ing the vocal line, but nothing gets past him and he makes the most of everything the composer provides him with....
In his Schubert, Liszt and Schumann programme, culminating in the Dichterliebe, he was accompanied by Thomas Adès who gave an extraordinary symphonic rendering of each piece. Schubert, especially, shone anew with his warm and broad palette of colours. It is rare to hear such an intense collaboration between singer and pianist where a ‘solo’ recital is experienced as a duet for two instruments. Gramilano.com / 6 January 2015
"Bostridge è un grande cantante e un grande artista. Dimostra due verità spesso negate: la prima, che non esiste solo una tecnica vocale, ma molte; la seconda, che il canto è un mezzo espressivo, non un fine in sé.  Questa voce ingrata si rivela camaleontica, si trasforma, aggredisce le parole e dà, a ognuna, un colore, un peso e un significato diversi. E poi anche per cantare essere musicista aiuta. Per esempio, è eccezionale il senso del ritmo e la capacità di variarlo nei Lieder strofici: ascoltare per credereUnd wüssten’s die Blumen di Schumann, un gioiello. Infine, la sensibilità. Molti di questi brani sono strazianti non per quel che dicono, ma per quel che fanno intuire. Ma qui tutto dipende dall’interprete: e allora perfino Das Fischermädchen diventa sottilmente inquietante, come se Schiele avesse ridipinto un quadretto Biedermeier, mentre tutta la Dichterleibe comunica un senso di lucida desolazione davvero insolito. Merito anche di Thomas Adès, che è forse il maggior operista del nostro tempo ma certamente un accompagnatore eccezionale. Per tutto il concerto, il suo pianoforte non ha quasi mai superato il mezzoforte, ma da lì al pianissimo ha trovato una serie infinita di sfumature. Gran successo e tre bis. Corriere della Sera.it, Alberto Mattioli, 7 January 2015
"Tanti Lieder per il mago Ian"
To read the interview please click the link below
La Repubblica, Luigi di Fronzo, 5 January 2015
"A Milano, solo in palcoscenico, ha confermato il talento che lo rende magnetico, e stella in un repertorio che va da Bach a Britten.
 Con oculatezza Bostridge sceglie: seleziona i compagni di viaggio (e in Adès usciva non solo il pianista, ma uno straordinario suggeritore di idee musicali), impagina programmi mirati. Quello della Scala comprendeva pagine di Schubert, Liszt e Schumann, legate tra loro dalle poesie di Heinrich Heine. Uno stralcio dallo Schwanengesang, Canto del cigno, e peccato non averlo tutto, un pizzico di Liszt, molto pianistico, e poi Schumann, con i Dichterliebe inanellati in unica campata. Il tenore li cuce l'uno con l'altro, quasi senza pause; ne esalta i caratteri contrastanti, la variabilità del canto, la sonorità della parola: ora rapidissima, affannoso scioglilingua, ora distesa, confidenziale. La voce fa teatro. Ma lo fa anche il corpo, senza bisogno di esteriorità, senza gigionerie. Ogni gesto corrisponde a un'intenzione espressiva profonda: ora Bostridge sta appoggiato al pianoforte, come fosse un muro protettivo, ora avanza di qualche passo, disarmato in cerca di aiuto verso la sala, ora si gira di spalle e il suo metro e novanta di altezza sembra voler sparire, rattrappito, chiuso a uovo. Meraviglioso, anche nello Ständchen finale, ultimo dei tre bis, franto in piccoli rintocchi, come probabilmente avrebbe amato Schubert." 
Il Sole 24 hore, Carla Moreni, 11 gennaio 2015


Winterreise, 12 December 2014

Thomas Adès, piano / Laeiszhalle, Hamburg

To read the full review, please click the link below Spiegel Online, 12 December 2014


Curlew River

UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"We are in the presence of greatness. In the all-British cast (except for the boy treble who hails from California), we have legendary tenor Ian Bostridge, who delivered tonight a goose-bumping performance for the ages, which is likely to be the highlight of my 2014-2015 season.
Mr. Bostridge is a slim man who looked diminutive on stage, until he opened his mouth. His voice is much more powerful than his figure indicates, and he possesses the agility and range required by this difficult vocal score. Acting is another one of his strengths, and he was thoroughly convincing as the Madwoman, with perfect rendition of her pain and despair."
Luiz Gazzola, Opera Lively, 8th November 2014


Curlew River

Synod House, Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York

"the British tenor Ian Bostridge gave a courageously vulnerable performance of the Madwoman" ...  "in his haunted eyes and through the aching beauty of his ethereal yet muscular singing, he utterly conveys the character of the unhinged mother."
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 31 October 2014
" Mr. Bostridge’s ... plangent, haunting tenor brought an androgynous, Everyman character to the Madwoman’s extravagant anguish." Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson, 3 November 2014
Bostridge intense and compelling in Britten’s unnerving “Curlew River” New York Classical Review, George Grella, 30 October 2014

The Schubert Project: which are his best songs?

Ahead of the Oxford Lieder Festival, Ian Bostridge is one of several artists to tell Neil Fisher for The Times which is his favourite Schubert song and why

Der zürnenden Diana (The wrathful Diana) 

There’s a whole debate about Schubert — what was his sexuality, was he gay? — and this song is a very sexy, thrusting song in a very unusual way, different from any of the Schubert songs I can think of. It’s about Actaeon singing to Diana, who is naked with her nymphs.

Actaeon is the narrator of the song — he sees Diana, gets very excited then his death is very obviously a metaphor as she conquers him: “the arrow strikes me” and “gently warm waves flow from the wound”. The song was dedicated to Katherina von Laczny, whom Schubert was very keen on — a notoriously free-thinking, free-loving woman.

The poem was written by Johann Mayrhofer; he and Schubert were very close and Schubert set more poems by him than anyone else. He became a censor in Vienna and felt so repressed by the political system that he committed suicide in 1836 by throwing himself out of his office window.

To read the full article, please click on the link below
Neil Fisher, The Times, 10th October 2014


Recital, 15 September 2014

Julius Drake, piano / Wigmore Hall

"Here was profound intensity, but contained as eloquence rather than indulged as expressionism. And what a formidable — joyous! — reciprocity these artists have achieved: a telepathy leaving nothing to be said, just as the twin sequences (each unbroken by applause) on the subject of longing, beginning with the exquisite, brief Das Heimweh (Homesickness) and ending with a sunset glow (Im Abendrot), in their introspective way said everything." The Sunday Times, Paul Driver, 21 September 2014


Recital, 28 August 2014

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg /Julius Drake

"British lyric tenor Ian Bostridge is widely considered one of the great interpreters of the art song. When he recently took his position on stage at the Schubertiade − joined by the superb pianist, Julius Drake − the audience tingled with anticipation." Bachtrack, Sarah Batschelet, 30 August 2014


Recital: 9 July 2014

Ian Bostridge/Sophie Daneman/Julius Drake, Middle Temple Hall

"Soprano and tenor showed a rare emotional agility in this Schumann recital"
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 10 July 2014


Winterreise: 22 June 2014

Thomas Ades, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

"At 49, Ian Bostridge is hardly an old man but he brings maturity, intelligence and a deep level of understanding to the work. This performance, alongside accompanist Thomas Adès (former artistic director at Aldeburgh), looked set to be one of the golden tickets at this year’s festival. And so it proved."
Laura Battle, Financial Times, 24 June 2014

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten

Ian Bostridge writes in The Guardian

The greatness of Benjamin Britten's music is only now coming into focus
The composer, born 100 years ago, wrote music of ravishing beauty and scorching relevance, says one exponent of his work...

Follow the link below to read the full article:
Ian Bostridge, The Guardian, Thursday 21 November 2013



Ian Bostridge - Autograph

Creating a biographical panorama of his career, the British tenor Ian Bostridge has personally selected each track in this 7CD Autograph collection. With a focus on both song (in German and English) and opera (from Monteverdi to Adès by way of Handel, Mozart and Britten), it demonstrates just why he is recognised as one of today’s most distinctive, intelligent and compelling singers. The tenor also complements his performances with an exclusive and illuminating audio interview.
Presto Classical / Warner Classics


Die schöne Müllerin

Ian Bostridge 
with Mitsuko Uchida, Leif Ove Andsnes and Antonio Pappano

A three-disc box set released in January 2015
Warner Classics

BRITTEN War Requiem

Recorded to mark Britten's centenary year by Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson and Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra, Coro e Voci Bianche dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Warner Classics


Schwanengesang and other Lieder
piano: Antonio Pappano


A Midsummer Night's Dream (Flute) 
London Symphony Orchestra / Colin Davis



Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Les Illuminations



The Red Cockatoo
Holy Sonnets of John Donne and other songs
piano: Graham Johnson