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 Salzburg, 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 2004/2005 he shared a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in 2005/2006 he had his own Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall and in 2008 at the Barbican, London. 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 at the English National Opera as Tamino, returning for Jupiter in 'Semele’. In 1997 he sang Quint in Deborah Warner's award-winning production of Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' for the Royal Opera, and has since returned for Caliban in Adès’s 'The Tempest’, Don Ottavio in 'Don Giovanni’ under Pappano, and Vasek in 'The Bartered Bride’ under Haitink.
In 1998 he made his debut at the Munich Festival singing Nerone in David Alden's production of 'L'Incoronazione di Poppea', returning for Tom Rakewell in 'The Rake’s Progress’ and the Male Chorus in 'The Rape of Lucretia’. He sang Janacek'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 Don Ottavio at the Vienna State Opera and his first Aschenbach in a new production of 'Death in Venice’ for English National Opera, also seen at the Monnaie, Brussels and in Luxembourg. He will sing Aschenbach in his debut for La Scala Milan.