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
Berlioz: Les Troyens / Dutoit, Lakes, Pollet, Voigt, Ainsley
Release Date: 11/21/2011   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001616402    Number of Discs: 4
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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Pickett, Ainsley, Bott, Gooding
Release Date: 10/20/1992   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 433545   Number of Discs: 2
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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley
Release Date: 06/07/1994   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 436992   Number of Discs: 1
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Rameau: Dardanus / Minkowski, Ainsley, Gens, Naouri, Et Al
Release Date: 05/09/2000   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 463476   Number of Discs: 2
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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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  • 101.
    Walton: Violin Sonata, Piano Quartet, Etc / Ainsley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67340 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Ian Brown,  John Mark Ainsley,  Craig Ogden,  Lawrence Power  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 102.
    Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne / Ainsley
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75563 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  David Pyatt,  Kate Hill,  Julie Andrews  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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  • 103.
    Zelenka: Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Ainsley, Chance, George
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55106 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
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  • 104.
    Goldschmidt: Der Gewaltige Hahnrei / Zagrosek
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440850 Release Date: 04/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Berthold Goldschmidt
    Performer:  Claudio Otelli,  Roberta Alexander,  Robert Wörle,  Michael Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Kirchschlager, Bonney, Ainsley, Miles, Ozawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468363 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  John Mark Ainsley,  Barbara Bonney,  Alastair Miles
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Tokyo Opera Singers
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  • 106.
    Handel: Messiah / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471341 Release Date: 10/01/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Charlotte Hellekant,  Lynne Dawson,  Russel Smythe,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 107.
    Finzi: Violin Concerto, Prelude, Romance, Etc /Little, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9888 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 108.
    Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ, Etc / Graham, Dutoit, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458915 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Susanne Mentzer,  Marc Belleau,  Andrew Wentzel  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Vaughan Williams: Along The Field, Etc / Ainsley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67168 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 110.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2, Etc / Norrington
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467047 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Diana Montague,  Lisa Milne,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Rameau: Dardanus / Minkowski, Ainsley, Gens, Naouri, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463476 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Mireille Delunsch,  Russel Smythe,  Laurent Naouri  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 112.
    Berlioz: Requiem, 5 Sacred Pieces / Ainsley, Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458921 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky
    Performer:  Andrée de Repentigny,  Darquise Bilodeau,  Maren Nelson,  Patrick Wedd  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 4-6 / Blomstedt, San Francisco Po
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460988 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Lars Pedersen,  Michael W Hansen,  Bo Anker Hansen,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir,  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 114.
    Gilbert & Sullivan / Mackerras, Welsh National Opera, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80500 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Richard Suart,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Alwyn Mellor,  Neill Archer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Great Mass In C Minor / Christopher Hogwood, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425528 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Lynne Dawson,  John Mark Ainsley,  David Thomas
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
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  • 116.
    Ravel: L'heure Espagnole, Etc / Previn, London So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457590 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Georges Gautier,  Kurt Ollmann,  David Wilson-Johnson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Ireland: Songs / Milne, Ainsley, Maltmann, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67261/2 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Christopher Maltman,  John Mark Ainsley,  Lisa Milne
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  • 118.
    Purcell: Odes for St. Cecilia's Day / Taverner Consort
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61582 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Tim Wilson,  John Mark Ainsley,  Emily van Evera,  Charles Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
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  • 119.
    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Philip Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425823 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner,  Nigel Robson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 120.
    W. Lloyd Webber: Piano Music, Chamber Music, Songs / Brown
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67008 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Lloyd Webber
    Performer:  Ian Brown,  John Mark Ainsley,  Leo Phillips,  Christopher Van Kampen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 121.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Mackerras, Benacková, Vogel, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80439 Release Date: 03/24/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Franz Josef Kapellmann,  Siegfried Vogel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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  • 122.
    Warlock: The Curlew, Capriol, Serenade, Etc / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66938 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Warlock
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 123.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Daniel, Terfel, Fleming, Bardon, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455688 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Patricia Bardon,  John Mark Ainsley,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edinburgh Festival Chorus,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 124.
    Complete Beethoven Edition - Compactotheque Sampler
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453811 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Pascal Gallois,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Luba Orgonasova  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Hans Priem Bergrath,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Britten: Spring Symphony, Etc / Gardiner, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453433 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Mitchell,  Richard Savage,  Emma Preston-Dunlop,  Gillian Ross  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Salisbury Cathedral Girls Choir,  Salisbury Cathedral Boys Choir  ... 
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