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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  • 101.
    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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  • 102.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 3
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67335 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Stephen Varcoe,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
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  • 103.
    Haydn: The Seasons / Bolton, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Miah Persson,  John Mark Ainsley,  David Wilson-Johnson
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson,  Miah Persson,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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  • 105.
    Henze: L'upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053929 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Alfred Muff,  Matthias Goerne,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 1
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67333 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Graham Johnson,  Christopher Maltman,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
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  • 107.
    Collectors Edition - Beethoven: Folksong Settings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000345302 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  John Mark Ainsley,  Christopher Maltman,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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  • 108.
    Berlioz: Huit Scènes De Faust, Etc / Dutoit, Graham, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475097 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  François Le Roux,  Gordon Gietz,  Philippe Rouillon,  Alain Duguay  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 109.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Dioclesian, Etc/Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474672 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Christopher Foster,  Nancy Argenta,  Brian Bannatyne-Scott,  Ann Monoyios  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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  • 110.
    Hector Berlioz - Romantic Spirit
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000044402 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Robert Lloyd,  Christiane Eda-Pierre,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Monteux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  European Community Youth Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16005 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  Lorna Anderson,  Ann Murray,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    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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  • 125.
    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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