John Mark Ainsley

Biography

Born: July 9, 1963; Cheshire, England  
John Mark Ainsley is a leading British tenor especially associated with repertory from the Classical era and earlier. He studied at Oxford, where his teacher was Diane Forlano. In his earliest professional appearances, he established himself as a Mozart tenor, including the role of Idomeneo at the Welsh National Opera and as Don Ottavio at the Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festivals. His first American appearances were in concerts in New York Read more and Boston, and in 1992 he debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

His first Viennese appearances were in performances of both the St. Matthew and St John Passions by Bach with the Musik Verein in 1992. The conductor on those occasions was Peter Schreier, who is also one of the era's finest lieder and Bach tenors. Among his other leading roles are the title part of Gluck's Orfeo (his debut role at the Netherlands Opera, 1966), Tito in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (for his first appearance in Sydney, 1997), Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Jonathan in Nielsen's Saul and David. He has sung and recorded the role of Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He is also an active recitalist and concert artist who has appeared with Les Musiciens du Louvre, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Boston Symphony. He records for several labels, but is most closely associated with Hyperion, which has selected him to appear on six discs of its great series of the complete Schubert songs. His repertory for that company includes music of Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, William Lloyd Webber, Grainger, Britten, Ireland, Finzi, and Quilter. Read less
Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Stubbs, Ainsley, Netherlands Opera
Release Date: 11/18/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 929   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072448   Number of Discs: 2
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Britten: Billy Budd / Elder, Ainsley, Ens, Paterson, Imbrailo
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1051   Number of Discs: 2
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Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Ainsley, Balleys, Stubbs, Chance
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 6007   Number of Discs: 2
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Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia / Ainsley, Boylan, Bayley, Melrose, Maltman
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1123   Number of Discs: 1
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