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: 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: 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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Richard Hickox Conducts Sir John Tavener
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 241   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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  • 26.
    Handel: Jephtha / Oelze, Ainsley, Creed
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94668 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Michael George,  Axel Köhler,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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  • 27.
    Handel: Messiah / Cleobury, Dawson, Summers, Ainsley, Miles
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2081 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Lynne Dawson,  Hilary Summers,  Alastair Miles
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Brandenburg Consort
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  • 28.
    Anniversary Series - Art Song Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Alec Roth  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Andrew Kennedy,  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
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  • 29.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 30.
    Bach: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass In B Minor, Easter & Christmas Oratorios / Cleobury, Fasolis, Schweizer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94382 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Diego Fasolis,  Rolf Schweizer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072444 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Rainer Trost,  Annette Dasch,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 32.
    Richard Hickox Conducts Sir John Tavener
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Patricia Rozario,  John Mark Ainsley,  Andrew Murgatroyd,  Stephen Richardson
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Singers,  Chester Festival Chorus,  BBC Welsh Symphony  ... 
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  • 33.
    Bach: St. John Passion / Cleobury, Brandenburg Consort [2 CDs+DVD]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94316 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Stephen Richardson,  Catherine Bott,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 34.
    Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Davis, Mcnair, Asawa, Lloyd, Bostridge
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001651502 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Sara Rey,  Brian Asawa,  Mark Tucker,  Carl Ferguson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New London Children's Choir
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  • 35.
    Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, The Indian Queen / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley, Thomas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001650902 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Gerald Finley,  Thomas Williams,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 36.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Roocroft, Janes, Ainsley, Davies, Mackerras
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 254 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Amanda Roocroft,  John Mark Ainsley,  Fiona Janes,  Neal Davies
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  New Company Singers
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  • 37.
    Poulenc: Complete Songs Vol 3 / Milne, Anderson, Murray, Fox, Oliemans, Lemalu, Martineau
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 272 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sarah Fox,  Malcolm Martineau,  Thomas Oliemans,  Lorna Anderson  ... 
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  • 38.
    Berlioz: Les Troyens / Dutoit, Lakes, Pollet, Voigt, Ainsley
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001616402 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 39.
    Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia / King, King's Consort
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55327 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Gillian Fisher,  James Bowman,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 40.
    A Song for Francesca - Music in Italy 1330–1430 / Page, Gothic Voices
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55291 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas de Florentia,  Anonymous,  Giovanni da Cascia,  Francesco Landini  ... 
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Leigh Nixon,  Margaret Philpot  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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  • 41.
    Bruckner: Mass In F Minor, Psalm 150 / Best, Corydon
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55332 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Juliet Booth,  Jean Rigby,  Gwynne Howell,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  Corydon Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Mozart: Songs / Rodgers, Ainsley, Vignoles
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55371 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  John Mark Ainsley,  Joan Rodgers
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  • 43.
    Britten: Billy Budd / Elder, Ainsley, Ens, Paterson, Imbrailo
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1051 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Iain Paterson,  Phillip Ens,  John Mark Ainsley,  Jacques Imbrailo  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 44.
    Britten: Billy Budd / Elder, Ainsley, Ens, Paterson, Imbrailo [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7086 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Alasdair Elliott,  Darren Jeffery,  Matthew Rose,  Jacques Imbrailo  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 45.
    Haydn: Songs / L. Milne, B. Fink, Ainsley, Vignoles
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55355 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Roger Vignoles,  John Mark Ainsley,  Lisa Milne
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  • 46.
    Purcell: Odes / Pinnock, The English Concert And Choir
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 427663 Release Date: 04/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Tim Wilson,  Stephen Richardson,  Jennifer Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
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  • 47.
    Grainger: Jungle Book / Layton, Ainsley, Wilson-johnson
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55433 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Libby Crabtree
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony,  Polyphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Bach: St. John Passion / Cleobury, Ainsley, Richardson, Bott, Chance, Agnew
    Label: House Of Classics   Catalog: 220306 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Stephen Varcoe,  Paul [Tenor Vocal] Agnew,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 49.
    Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music, Mystical Songs / Best
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30025 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Anne Dawson,  Linda Kitchen,  Amanda Roocroft,  Diana Montague  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Mozart: Complete Operas [33 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001470109 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Chaya Czernowin
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Michael Schade,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Riccardo Muti,  Roger Norrington,  Manfred Honeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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