Our beloved Ian Bostridge, former post-doctoral fella at
Texas, Oxford, has never been to a pop concert. But he went clubbing with Netrebko, and allows that "there was certain Romanticism in punk - Sid Vicious was an archetypal Romantic tragic figure".
After moving into cabaret, maybe he should go and see his first pop concert? "I saw a documentary about Bob Dylan and would quite like to see him. In the programme they had footage of these old blues guys doing amazing things with their voices. It reminded me of some of the avant-garde music of the 1960s."
He does, however, confess to having gone to his first nightclub last summer, having been persuaded by the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko.
"It was the night before a performance of Don Giovanni in Amsterdam and Anna said, 'Let's go clubbing'. We ended up drinking until four in the morning. I woke up the next day at midday and couldn't even speak, let alone sing. Somehow after four hours I managed to get my voice back. It was a fun night, but I don't think I'll do it again."
In bocca al lupo for tomorrow nite, Ian!