Looking ahead at some of the Britten highlights awaiting Ian Bostridge this year
Congratulations to Ian Bostridge whose new Britten CD is released this week on EMI Classics. The CD features first recordings by Ian of the Sonnets of Michelangelo, Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente, Songs from the Chinese, Winter Words and four English songs from the late cycle Who are these Children? At the piano is one of Ian’s regular collaborators, Antonio Pappano. For Songs from the Chinese, Ian is joined by Askonas Holt artist, Xuefei Yang.
2013 is busy year Ian Bostridge, celebrating Britten all over the world. His Britten highlights include War Requiem with Antonio Pappano and Santa Cecilia at the Salzburg Festival, and with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein; Les Illuminations with the LSO at the BBC Proms and with the Andris Nelsons and the Concertgebouw Orchestra; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with the the LSO and Noseda and in Carnegie Hall. He sings Aschenbach in the Russian premiere of Death in Venice in Moscow. He performs Britten’s Canticles in the Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and as part of the Britten Residencies he curates in Hamburg, Moscow and New York.
In November 2013 the Barbican is staging a new Curlew River which next year is seen in New York and on tour in Europe.
Britten aside, Ian has just returned from a successful North American tour of Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch with Angelika Kirchschlager (which will be recorded later this year on Hyperion). He has, to great success, recently taken the title role of Oedipus Rex (for the first time) with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and HK Gruber in both Manchester and Vienna.