John Mitchinson

Biography

Born: 1932; Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
John Mitchinson became one of the most important British tenors in the 1950s and into the 1980s, particularly in heroic roles and oratorios.

He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. While still a student there he joined the BBC Northern Singers in 1953, becoming one of its founding members. Upon graduation, he sang with the Chelsea Opera Group. This semi-professional group, which was founded in 1950 by the young conductor
Read more Colin Davis to give concert performances of Mozart operas, was an important means of entrée for talented young singers, including Mitchinson, whose debut performance in operatic music was in one of Chelsea's concert presentations of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Mitchinson did not debut on stage until 1959, when he sang the part of Jupiter in Handel's Semele at the Handel Opera Society. He had a notable career in the 1960s, including participation in Leonard Bernstein's pioneering recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, "The Symphony of a Thousand." He also sang on Jascha Horenstein's stereo recording of Liszt's Faust Symphony in 1958 and Colin Davis' recording of Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict.

Other items that were important to his repertory included the roles of Wagner's Tristan, Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, Britten's Peter Grimes, and Aegisthus in Strauss' Elektra, and Stravinsky's Oedipus. He was also noted for his interpretation of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. He was on the roster of the English National Opera from 1972 to 1978 and the Welsh National Opera from 1978 to 1982. While a member of the WNO he participated in the historic performance under the baton of Charles Mackerras (recorded on Supraphon Records) of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's operatic masterwork The Greek Passion. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1932; Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
John Mitchinson became one of the most important British tenors in the 1950s and into the 1980s, particularly in heroic roles and oratorios.

He studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. While still a student there he joined the BBC Northern Singers in 1953, becoming one of its founding members. Upon graduation, he sang with the Chelsea Opera Group. This semi-professional group, which was founded in 1950 by the young conductor
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Glagolitic Mass: Uvod (Introduction)
Glagolitic Mass: Gospodi pomiluy (Kyrie eleison)
Glagolitic Mass: Slava (Gloria)
Glagolitic Mass: Veruju (Credo)
Glagolitic Mass: Svet (Sanctus)
Glagolitic Mass: Agneoe Bozij (Agnus Dei)
Glagolitic Mass: Organ solo (Postlude)
Glagolitic Mass: Intrada
Glagolitic Mass: Uvod (Introduction)
Glagolitic Mass: Gospodi pomiluy (Kyrie eleison)
Glagolitic Mass: Slava (Gloria)
Glagolitic Mass: Veruju (Credo)
Glagolitic Mass: Svet (Sanctus)
Glagolitic Mass: Agneoe Bozij (Agnus Dei)
Glagolitic Mass: Organ solo (Postlude)
Glagolitic Mass: Intrada
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Prelude (Lento, mistico - Moderato - Andantino - Come prima)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: So pray for me...Kyrie eleison...Holy Mary, pray for him (Gerontius, semi-chorus, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul...Be merciful (Gerontius, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: I can no more (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Rescue him, O Lord (chorus, Gerontius, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Novissima hora est (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Proficiscere, anima Christiana (Priest)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Go in the name of Angels (chorus, Priest, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part I: Go forth upon thy journey (Priest, chorus, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Introduction (Andantino)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: I went to sleep (Soul of Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Another marvel (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: My work is done (Angel, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: It is a member of that family (Soul, Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: But hark! Upon my senses (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Dispossessed, aside thrust (chorus, Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: The mind bold and indepent (chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: I see not those false spirits (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: There was a mortal (Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Praise to the Holiest (semi-chorus, chorus, Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: The sound is like the rushing of the wind (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Glory to Him (chorus, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: They sing of thy approaching agony (Angel, semi-chorus, Soul, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: But hark! a grand mysterious harmony (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: And now on the threshold (Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Praise to the Holiest (chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Thy judgment now is near (Angel, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (Angel of the Agony, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Be merciful, be gracious (semi-chorus, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Praise to His Name! (Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Take me away (Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Angel, chorus, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38, Part II: Softly and gently (Angel, chorus, semi-chorus)
Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Premier Tableau: "La Tresse"
Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Deuxième Tableau: Chez le Marié
Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Troisième Tableau: Le Départ de la Mariée
Stravinsky: Les Noces / Deuxième Partie - Quatrième Tableau: Le Repas de Noces
Glagolitic Mass: Uvod (Introduction)
Glagolitic Mass: Gospodi pomiluy (Kyrie eleison)
Glagolitic Mass: Slava (Gloria)
Glagolitic Mass: Veruju (Credo)
Glagolitic Mass: Svet (Sanctus)
Glagolitic Mass: Agneoe Bozij (Agnus Dei)
Glagolitic Mass: Organ solo (Postlude)
Glagolitic Mass: Intrada


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