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
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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