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
Britten: Billy Budd / Elder, Ainsley, Ens, Paterson, Imbrailo [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7086   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia / Ainsley, Boylan, Bayley, Melrose, Maltman [blu-ray]
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7135   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 126.
    Britten: The Rescue Of Penelope, Phaedra / Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 12713 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Peter Worrall,  Janet Simpson,  William Dazeley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Gilbert & Sullivan - Highlights / Mackerras, Welsh Opera
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80431 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Richard Suart,  Peter Savidge,  Barry Banks,  Rebecca Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 128.
    Purcell: Dioclesian, Timon Of Athens / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 569 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George,  James Bowman,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90,  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir
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  • 129.
    Purcell: The Indian Queen / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Finley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 444339 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Simon Berridge,  John Mark Ainsley,  Emma Kirkby,  Gerald Finley  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
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  • 130.
    Handel: The Occasional Oratorio / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66961/2 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  James Bowman,  Susan Gritton,  Lisa Milne  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 131.
    Essential Purcell / Robert King, The King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 04/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Michael George,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 132.
    Berlioz: Les Troyens / Dutoit, Lakes, Pollet, Voigt, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443693 Release Date: 10/03/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis,  Jean-Luc Maurette  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Händel: Jephtha / Creed, Ainsley, George, Denley, Oelze
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Denley,  Michael George,  Christiane Oelze  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 134.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436992 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Sara Stowe,  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 135.
    Vaughan Williams: Toward The Unknown Region, Etc / Best
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66655 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Matthew Souter,  John Mark Ainsley,  Thomas Allen,  Judith Howarth
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
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  • 136.
    Handel: Joshua / King, Ainsley, Kirkby, Bowman, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66461/6 Release Date: 11/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Aidan Oliver,  John Mark Ainsley,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 137.
    Howells: Hymnus Paradisi, An English Mass / Handley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66488 Release Date: 11/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Howells
    Performer:  Julie Kennard,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
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  • 138.
    Handel: Acis And Galatea, Etc / King, Mcfadden, Ainsley
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66361/6 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Robert Harre-Jones,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Claron McFadden  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 139.
    Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance / Mackerras, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80353 Release Date: 10/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Richard Van Allan,  Richard Suart,  Rebecca Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Purcell: The Complete Odes And Welcome Songs / Robert King
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44031/38 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Charles Daniels,  Tessa Bonner,  Gillian Fisher  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 141.
    The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Vol 12
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33012 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  Graham Johnson,  John Mark Ainsley,  Nancy Argenta  ... 
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  • 142.
    Britten: Gloriana / Barstow, Langridge, Kenny, Jones
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440213 Release Date: 06/01/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Bryn Terfel,  John Shirley-Quirk,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Mozart: Coronation Mass / Kirkby, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436585 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Robbin,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 144.
    Britten, Finzi, Holst: Choral Works / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8997 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Benjamin Britten,  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Britten Singers
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  • 145.
    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Pickett, Ainsley, Bott, Gooding
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433545 Release Date: 10/20/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Tessa Bonner,  Julia Gooding,  Christopher Robson,  Andrew King  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 146.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Tessa Bonner,  John Mark Ainsley,  Stephen Varcoe,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 147.
    Handel: Dixit Dominus, Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina / Preston
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423594 Release Date: 09/05/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Simon Birchall,  John Mark Ainsley,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  Westminster Abbey Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion / Ozawa, Ainsley, Quasthoff
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462515 Release Date: 04/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Christiane Oelze  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Opera Singers Choir,  SKF Matsumoto Children's Choir,  Saito Kinen Orchestra
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