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Ian Bostridge

Performer

About this Artist

IAN BOSTRIDGE was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. His international recital career includes the world's major concert halls and the Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh, and Schubertiade Festivals. In 1999 he premiered a song-cycle written for him by Hans Werner Henze. In 2003/04 he held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, in 2004/05 he shared a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and in 2005/06 he has his own Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

He made his operatic debut in 1994 as Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1996 he made his debut as Tamino at the English National Opera; in 1997 he sang Quint in Deborah Warner's award-winning production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw for the Royal Opera; in 1998 he made his debut at the Munich Festival singing Nerone in David Alden's production of L'incoronazione di Poppea and he returned to the Royal Opera as Vas?ek in The Bartered Bride under Bernard Haitink. He sang Janác?ek's Diary of One Who Vanished in a new translation by Seamus Heaney, staged by Deborah Warner in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, and New York. Most recently he sang Tom Rakewell in Munich and Peter Quint in London.

His recordings include Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with Graham Johnson (Gramophone Award 1996); Tom Rakewell with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Grammy 1999); and Belmonte (William Christie). Under his exclusive contract with EMI Classics, he has recorded Schubert Lieder and Schumann Lieder (Gramophone Award 1998), English songs and Henze Lieder with Julius Drake, Britten's Our Hunting Fathers with Daniel Harding, Idomeneo with Sir Charles Mackerras, Janác?ek with Thomas Adès, Schubert with Leif Ove Andsnes, Noel Coward with Jeffrey Tate, Britten orchestral cycles with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Wolf with Antonio Pappano and, for EMI/Virgin, Bach cantatas with Fabio Biondi, Britten's Canticles, and Britten's The Turn of the Screw (Gramophone Award, 2003).

His concert engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Donald Runnicles, James Levine, and Antonio Pappano.

His opera engagements include Semele for English National Opera, Don Giovanni and Adès' The Tempest for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, The Rape of Lucretia in Munich, Don Giovanni for the Vienna State Opera, and Death in Venice for English National Opera.

In 2001 he was elected an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and in 2003 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrew's. He was created a CBE in the 2004 New Year's Honors.