Ian Bostridge was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. He made his operatic debut in 1994 as Lysander in Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival, and in 1996 he made his debut at the English National Opera as Tamino, returning for Jupiter in 'Semele'. Other opera credits include Don Ottavio, Belmonte, Quint, Aschenbach, Tom Rakewell, and Caliban in the world premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest in 2005, now available on EMI.
Particularly renowned for his insightful and textually-sensitive performances of lieder and English song, Bostridge’s extensive discography includes the three major Schubert cycles, a disc of Wolf lieder, and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers, Canticles, Nocturne and Serenade, all for EMI Classics. In 2001 he was elected an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and he was created a CBE in the 2004 New Year's Honours.