John Mark Ainsley


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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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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