The Lebrecht Interview with tenor Ian Bostridge goes out tonight on BBC Radio 3 and all week on-line.
Great-grandson of a professional footballer, born on the ‘wrong’ side of the river, Bozza was an Oxford academic with a research line in witchcraft when the urge to be a singer overcame an innate shyness.
His struggle between the two worlds is all too visible on stage. In an intense conversation, we look into his tensions, his motivations and whether he can ever live up to his role-model.
And that’s not grandad, the Tottenham Hostpurs goalie.