John Elwes

Biography

Born: October 20, 1946; London, England  
While it would be difficult to confuse him with a countertenor, Elwes' exceptionally high-lying and secure upper register have enabled him to sing some of the most demanding repertoire, including Rameau pieces that are seldom performed today because of the difficulty in casting the tenor leads.

Born John Hahessy, Elwes sang in the Westminster Cathedral choir, where he also studied music under George Malcolm and eventually became head
Read more chorister. He also had an extended career as a boy soprano, including singing Isaac in the world premiere recording of Britten's canticle Abraham and Isaac. (Britten greatly admired his work and dedicated his Corpus Christi Carol to him.) When he was still a teenager, he lived with the family of tenor George Elwes, and in gratitude for their support, he changed his name as a tribute to Elwes. After continuing his music studies at the Royal College of Music, he made his stage debut as a tenor in 1968 at the London Proms and later performed and recorded with several early music ensembles, including the Medieval Ensemble of London and the Consort of Musicke. He has also appeared extensively in opera, where he specializes in Baroque and early Classical music, though with occasional appearances in twentieth century works by such composers as Honegger and Vaughan Williams. Read less

Biography

Born: October 20, 1946; London, England  
While it would be difficult to confuse him with a countertenor, Elwes' exceptionally high-lying and secure upper register have enabled him to sing some of the most demanding repertoire, including Rameau pieces that are seldom performed today because of the difficulty in casting the tenor leads.

Born John Hahessy, Elwes sang in the Westminster Cathedral choir, where he also studied music under George Malcolm and eventually became head
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Act I: Introduction
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Ay! ay! que tormento (St. Igantius)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: Oh, vida, cuanto duras! (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Ignacio, ya no es tiempo (Angel 1, St. Ignatius, Angel 2)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Oh, que contento (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Cuanto fui, soy y sene (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 2: Aria: Oh, que contento (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ignacio, pues eres fuego (Angel 2)
Act I Scene 3: Aria: Cuando fulmina centellas (Angel 2)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ah, perfido! Ah, traidor! (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Oponerse de Cristo a la persona (Angel 1, Angel 2, St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 3: Aria: Contra este tigre rampante (St. Ignatius, Angel 1, Angel 2)
Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Vamos presto y sin tardar (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 4: Recitative: De mi Senor, a vosotros enviado (Demon, St. Ignatius, Angel 1)
Act I Scene 4: Aria: Es el mayor monarca de la tierra (Demon)
Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Cual peude ser esa (Angel 1)
Act I Scene 5: Aria: Que sigais su bandera es (Demon)
Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Ah, traidor (St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 6: Huye, tirano inflel (Angel 1, Angel 2, St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 6: Por mas golpes que reciba (Demon, St. Ignatius)
Act I Scene 6: Contra este tigre rampante (St. Ignatius, Angel 1, Angel 2)
Act II Scene 1: Oh Jesus, mi bienamado (St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 1: Recitative: O ciega gentilidad (St. Ignatius, Angel 2)
Act II Scene 1: Oh, Javier esclaresido hijo mio (St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Aqui estoy padre (St. Francis, St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 2: Aria: De Jesus propagaras la milicia (St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Es demasiado encargo a mi flaqueza (St. Francis, St. Ignatius)
Act II: Aria: Pasa ligera (St. Francis, St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 4: Yo parto, Ignacio (St. Francis, St. Ignatius)
Act II Scene 4: Ignacio, amado padre (St. Francis, St. Ignatius, Angel 2)
Act II: Scene 5: Epilogue: Estas las banderas son (Commentator)
Prologue
Act I, scenes 1 & 2
Act I, scenes 3 à 6
Act I, scenes 6 à 9
Act I, scenes 10 & 11
Act I, scenes 12 à 14
Act I, scenes 15 & 16
Act I, scenes 18 à 20
Act II, scenes 1 à 4
Act II, scenes 4 & 5
Act II, scene 6
Act II, scene 7
Act II, scenes 8 à 10
Act II, scene 11
Acte I, scène 17. Recitativo & aria Arsamene: "Innamorato cor"
Act II, scenes 12 à 14
Act II, scene 15
Act II, scene 15a
Act II, scenes 16 à 18
Act II, scenes 19 & 20
Act III, scenes 1 à 4
Act III, scenes 5 & 6
Act III, scenes 7 & 8
Act III, scenes 9 & 10
Act III, scenes 11 à 13
Act III, scenes 14 à 17
Act III, scene 18
Act III, scenes 19 & 20
Majora Canamus: And without controversy (Narrator)
Symphony
Accompanied Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
Aria: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (Bass)
Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)
And He shall purify the sons of Levi (Chorus)
Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
Aria and Chorus: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)
Accompanied Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
Aria: The people that walked in darkness (Bass)
For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
Pifa
Recitative: There were shepherds abiding (Soprano)
Accompanied Recitative: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)
Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)
Accompanied Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)
Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Alto)
Duet: He shall feed His flock (Alto, Soprano)
His yoke is easy, His burthen is light (Chorus)
Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)
Surely, He hath borne our griefs (Chorus)
And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)
All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: All they that see Him laugh (Tenor)
He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart (Tenor)
Arioso: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow (Tenor)
Accompanied Recitative: He was cut off out of the land (Soprano)
Aria: But thou didst not leave His soul in Hell (Soprano)
Lift up your heads, O ye gates (Chorus)
Recitative: Unto which of the angels said He (Tenor)
Let all the angels of God worship him (Chorus)
Aria: Thou art gone up on high (Alto)
The Lord gave the word (Chorus)
Aria: How beautiful are the feet of Him (Soprano)
Their sound is gone out (Chorus)
Aria: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Bass)
Let us break their bonds asunder (Chorus)
Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)
Aria: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (Tenor)
Hallelujah! (Chorus)
Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
Since by man came death (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass (Alto)
Duet: O Death, where is thy sting (Alto, Soprano)
But thanks be to God (Chorus)
Aria: If God be for ever (Alto)
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)
Messe de Requiem: I. Requiem
Messe de Requiem: II. Kyrie
Messe de Requiem: III. Graduel
Messe de Requiem: IV. Offertoire
Messe de Requiem: V. Sanctus
Messe de Requiem: VI. Agnus Dei
Messe de Requiem: VII. Post-Communion


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