Ian Bostridge

The Apostle of Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten's festival proves that in music small is beautiful

Hard to Swallow

When thinking about my voice, I'm more comfortable with metaphor than physiology

Mesmeric Modulations

Two 19th-century novels reveal contrasting attitudes to music and its place in Jewish culture

Love in the Time of Cholera

Death in Venice poses many questions, among them: moustache or no moustache?

Enough to Make You Spit

A common cold or the flu can spell disaster for a professional singer

Timing is Everything

Music grapples with time and transcends philosophy

Serious Music for Serious Times

There is an extraordinary fit between Japanese musical tastes and German Lieder

Suffer the Children

Young people can be inspirational in the audience, problematic on stage

The Subtle Subversive

Unlike rock's phoney rebelliousness, classical music still has the power to challenge entrenched ideas

There’s no Place Like Home for a Singer

Intimacy, authenticity and domescity combine to make for a great performance

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"