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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
Bach: St Matthew Passion / Ozawa, Ainsley, Quasthoff
Release Date: 04/1999   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 462515   Number of Discs: 3
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English Song Series 16 - Finzi: A Young Man's Exhortation / Ainsley, Burnside
Release Date: 06/26/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570414   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    Mozart: Requiem, Etc / Norrington, Argenta, Robbin, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61520 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Robbin,  John Mark Ainsley,  Alastair Miles,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  Schütz Consort,  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 17 - Folksong Arrangements
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453786 Release Date: 12/09/1997   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Ruby Philogene,  Janice Watson,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    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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  • 138.
    Bruckner: The Masses, Te Deum, Etc / Best, Corydon Singers
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44071/3 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Juliet Booth,  Phillip Brown,  Roger Brenner,  Colin Sheen  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  Corydon Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra Winds
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  • 139.
    Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Davis, Mcnair, Asawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454122 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Brian Asawa,  Robert Lloyd,  Ian Bostridge,  David Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Handel: Joseph And His Brethren / King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67171/3 Release Date: 11/08/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Connor Burrowes,  James Bowman,  Catherine Denley,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 141.
    Quilter: Songs / John Mark Ainsley, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66878 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Quilter
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    Purcell: Dioclesian, Timon Of Athens / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 569 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Michael George,  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    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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  • 147.
    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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  • 148.
    The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Vol 22
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33022 Release Date: 12/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Jamie MacDougall,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
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  • 149.
    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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  • 150.
    Walton: Anon In Love, Etc / Ainsley, Sillito, Bonell, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9292 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Carlos Bonell,  Hamish Milne,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
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