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Bostridge, Ian

Works: 586 works in 1,323 publications in 9 languages and 18,467 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Drama  Biography  History  Oratorios  Operas  Music  Song cycles  Requiems  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Singer, Performer, Author, Vocalist, Commentator, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: M1621.4, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Ian Bostridge
Most widely held works by Ian Bostridge
Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell( )
26 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
SYNOPSIS: In order to cure her unhappiness, Dido, queen of Carthage, marries the Trojan prince, Aeneas, who is madly in love with her. While Dido and Aeneas are out hunting, an evil Sorceress and her assistants plot the destruction of Dido and Carthage. Soon, an evil witch disguised as the God Mercury stops Aeneas. She tells him that he must abandon Carthage and found a new Troy on Latin soil. While Aeneas hates the thought of leaving Dido, he cannot refuse a god's command. In the end, Aeneas decides to defy the god's command and stay with Dido. Nevertheless, Dido refuses to stay with a lover who even considered leaving her and soon dies
Cantatas & arias by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Witchcraft and its transformations, c.1650-c.1750 by Ian Bostridge( Book )
14 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is about the significance of witchcraft in English public life (c.1650-c.1750), and deals with contemporary opinion regarding its theological, philosophical, and legal dimensions. Ian Bostridge discusses civil war politics, the writings of Thomas Hobbes, the debate about witchcraft at the time of the Glorious Revolution, and the disputes surrounding the repeal of Jacobean witchcraft legislation in 1736. He also examines the work of less familiar writers and propagandists such as Richard Boulton, Francis Hutchinson, and James Erskine of Grange, and balances this account of the gradual demise of witchcraft theory in England with a comparative case study of the debate in France. Finally, by asserting that witchcraft remained a serious topic of debate well into the eighteenth century, and that its descent into polite ridicule had as much to do with politics as with the birth of reason, Witchcraft and its Transformations offers a lively critique of current interpretations of English popular culture and political change."--Jacket
Die schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert( Recording )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Content: Four lieder
In search of Mozart by Phil Grabsky( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A documentary about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told through dramatic readings from his personal letters. Includes interviews with noted personalities and excerpts from numerous musical performances
Piano sonata, D960 Viola ; Winterabend ; Abschied von der Erde by Franz Schubert( Recording )
20 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Schubert Lieder by Franz Schubert( Recording )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in German and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Auflösung. Hippolits Lied. Der Einsame. Gesänge des Harfners. Gruppe aus dem Tartarus. Herbst. Nacht und Träume. Nachtstück. Im Abendrot. Der Wanderer. Über Wildemann. Der Wanderer an den Mond
The Tempest by Thomas Adès( Recording )
14 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cutting-edge composer Thomas Ades follows up his successful opera Powder Her Face with an ambitious interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Visual )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tristan und Isolde: Handlung in drei Aufzügen
Liederkreis op. 24 by Robert Schumann( Recording )
2 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( Recording )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Turn of the Screw: Opera in Two Acts and a Prologue, op.54. Libretto: Myfanwy Piper
The Noël Coward songbook by Noel Coward( Recording )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )
19 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Winterreise by Franz Schubert( Recording )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in German and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Brigitte Fassbaender is a prominent mezzo-soprano known for her acclaimed performances of the standard opera repertoire. Born in Berlin, in 1939, she had a childhood dream of becoming an actress, just her like mother, the film star Sabine Peters. As she realized how good her singing voice was, Fassbaender auditioned for the Nuremberg Conservatory, where her father, the famous baritone Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender taught
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Recording )
11 editions published in 2008 in 3 languages and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Daniel Harding leads an all-star cast in a stunning recording of Britten's operatic masterpiece
L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi( Recording )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taped at La Monnaie in Brussels in May 1998, this production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo has become an operatic classic in a few short years. Choreographer/director Trisha Brown, conductor René Jacobs, and designer Roland Aeschlimann have created an ideal fusion of words, action, sight, and sound, one that never lets the viewer down and manages to tell the story in an elegant, unusual, and ultimately intensely moving manner
Great Handel by George Frideric Handel( Recording )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ian Bostridge explores the world of Handel by performing arias from some of the composer's most acclaimed and beloved works
Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )
21 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A splendid keepsake of a production which must surely rank among Glyndebourne's greatest, a noble performance of the work in which Mozart's dramatic genius first attained its full stature." -- Thomas Heinitz, Saturday Review. (cover)
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )
21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A superstar line up of soloists, including Anna Netrebko and Ian Bostridge, joins renowned conductor Antonio Pappano for a new recording of what many consider to be the pinnacle Benjamin Britten's body of work
The red cockatoo and other songs by Benjamin Britten( Recording )
7 editions published in 1995 in 3 languages and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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