Very tall, very thin, very gifted - and prone to very animated behavior onstage - English tenor Ian Bostridge has become one the world's most-respected vocal artists over the past dozen or so years. No one on the scene today burrows more deeply into the genre known as lieder (German art songs) or extracts more compelling insights in the process.
There's a keen intellect at work in everything Bostridge does, as well as a richly poetic streak that gives his music-making a rare beauty.
Bostridge will make his overdue Baltimore debut Dec. 10, thanks to the top-notch Shriver Hall Concert Series. Accompanied by pianist Julius Drake, the 41-year-old tenor will devote his program to the greatest lieder composer of them all, Franz Schubert. The recital has "Don't Miss" written all over it.
Tenor Ian Bostridge performs with pianist Julius Drake at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Shriver Hall, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets: $33; $17 for students. Information: 410-516-7164 or shriverconcerts.org.