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
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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Richard Hickox Conducts Sir John Tavener
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 241   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Ainsley, Balleys, Stubbs, Chance
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6007 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  John Mark Ainsley,  Brigitte Balleys,  David Cordier  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Tragicomedia
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  • 27.
    Poulenc: Complete Songs Vol 4 / Murray, Ainsley, Molendowska, Martineau
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 323 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Thomas Oliemans,  Malcolm Martineau,  William Dazeley,  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox  ... 
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  • 28.
    Berlioz Masterworks / Dutoit, Montreal [17-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915202 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Johann Paul A. Martini
    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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  • 29.
    Britten: War Requiem / McCreesh, Gritton, Ainsley, Gabrieli Consort
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 340 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Susan Gritton,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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  • 30.
    Britten, Finzi, Holst: Works for Chorus & Orchestra / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10783 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  Benjamin Britten,  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Britten Singers
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  • 31.
    Handel: Messiah Highlights / Cleobury, Dawson, Summers, Ainsley, Miles
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1260 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 34.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352962 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Alastair [Bass Vocal] Miles,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
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  • 35.
    Purcell: Music For Pleasure And Devotion
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352982 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Andrew Parrott,  Emily van Evera,  Simon [Bass Vocal] Grant,  David Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  David Thomas,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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