Acclaimed Debuts



Ian Bostridge made his long awaited (and acclaimed) concert and recital debuts in Australia during the first two weeks of December.

Ian Bostridge made his long awaited (and acclaimed) concert and
recital debuts in Australia during the first two weeks of December.

With
the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Labadie he performed
three concerts of a solo programme of arias from Mozart’s Idomeneo and
the Webern orchestrations of Schubert Lieder.

From The Age:

For
the more placid Torna la pace, Bostridge showed both strength of
projection and timbral purity that give him prime position among Mozart
tenors, a status comfortably maintained since the 2001 Mackerras
recording of this masterpiece. Just as effective were his accounts of
five Schubert lieder in Webern’s arrangements from 1903. Here even more
inter-dependent as a partnership, Bostridge and the MSO gave gripping
readings of Der Wegweiser and the wrenching fusion of sentiment and
tragedy in Ihr Bild.

He then travelled to Sydney for his
Australian recital debut at the Sydney Opera House in a Schumann/Brahms
programme, accompanied by Sharolyn Kimmorley.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Bostridge’s
voice is sometimes overwhelmingly beautiful. What makes it truly
compelling, however, is the range of tone qualities, an edge which
reveals 19th century romantic poetry as a gripping drama.

This
past week saw him again with the Melbourne Symphony and Bernard Labadie
in the orchestra’s annual concerts of Handel’s Messiah (where his
colleagues included Askonas Holt artist Teddy Tahu Rhodes).

A triumphant conclusion to a splendid year.

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