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Tenor Ian Bostridge
Ian Bostridge Acclaimed for his interpretations of Schubert and Schumann lieder, tenor Ian Bostridge recently took a step that surprised many of his admirers when he made the dreaded "crossover" from classical to popular music. His latest CD is titled The Noël Coward Songbook.
Bostridge stopped by NPR's Studio 4A to talk about his decision and to sing a few tunes from the album, accompanied by pianist Peter Muir, in Studio 4A.

Ian Bostridge Live in Studio 4A (16:00)
Songs include Coward's "20th Century Blues," "A Room with a View," and "Dance, Little Lady.

Biography | Related Links
Ian Bostridge studied both philosophy and history at Cambridge and Oxford Universities respectively, receiving his doctorate from the latter in 1990. Having won the 1991 National Federation of Music Societies / Esso Award and gained support from the Young Concert Artists' Trust he embarked on a full-time career as a singer in 1995.

Bostridge made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1993; his Purcell Room debut (an acclaimed Winterreise) and his Aldeburgh Festival debut in 1994; in 1995 he gave his first solo recital in the Wigmore Hall (winning the Royal Philharmonic Society's debut award).

Ian made his operatic debut in 1994 as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Australian Opera at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1996 he made his acclaimed debut with the English National Opera, singing his first Tamino. In 1997 he sang Quint in Deborah Warner's new production of The Turn of the Screw under Sir Colin Davis for the Royal Opera.

In 1997 he made a film of Winterreise for Channel 4 directed by David Alden, and his book Witchcraft and its Transformations 1650-1750 was published by Oxford University Press. He has written on music for the Times Literary Supplement, Opernwelt, BBC Music Magazine, Opera Now and the Independent.

Ian Bostridge's most recent and imminent engagement diary is both prestigious and varied. In May he sang Haydn's Die Schöpfung under James Levine at Carnegie Hall, participated in performances of Britten's War Requiem in Chicago under Mstislav Rostropovich, Mozart's Requiem in Berlin under Daniel Barenboim and Bach's St. John Passion in Paris and London with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Simon Rattle. During the summer he appears in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the Munich Festival and gives recitals at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals.

Courtesy of ICM Artists, Ltd.

Related Links

  • Ian Bostridge Page on EMI Classics Web site

  • Ian Bostridge Discography on EMI Classics

  • The Noël Coward Society

  • BBC interview with Noël Coward