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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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 [Bass Vocal] Richardson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Paul [Tenor Vocal] Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Famous Baroque Arias / Ainsley, Bowman, Fisher, George, King's Consort
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1102 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  John Weldon,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gillian Fisher,  John Mark Ainsley,  Lisa Beznosiuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Consort
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  • 61.
    Schubert: Trout Quintet, 7 Lieder / Lubin, Ainsley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433848 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Steven Lubin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
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  • 62.
    Broadway Musicals: John McGlinn on Broadway
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98335 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Cole Porter,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Lehman,  Paige O'Hara,  Meriel Dickinson,  Bruce Hubbard  ... 
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
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  • 63.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Musica Sacra - Handel: Messiah / Cleobury
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93948 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Lynne Dawson,  Hilary Summers,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 65.
    Best Tenor Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Corinna Vozza,  Adriana Lazzarini,  Rolando Villazón  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Marcello Viotti,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    The Bach Collection / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16072 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  David James,  Ian Partridge,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54859 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Nancy Argenta,  Gregory Yurisich,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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  • 68.
    Bach: St. Matthew Passion Highlights / Ozawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462626 Release Date: 08/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Volle,  Stanford Olsen,  Christiane Oelze,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Tokyo Opera Singers,  SKF Matsumoto Children's Choir
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  • 69.
    Le Messie - Un Film de William Klein / Minkowski
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459615 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Russel Smythe,  Lynne Dawson,  John Mark Ainsley,  Brian Bannatyne-Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 70.
    Handel: Messiah Highlights / Cleobury, Dawson, Summers, Ainsley, Miles
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93270 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Lynne Dawson,  Alastair Miles
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 71.
    Biber: Requiem; Schmelzer / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458081 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Michael George,  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Orchestra
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  • 72.
    100 Best Tenor Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 242720 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Peter Haage  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Delacôte,  Berislav Klobucar,  Bernard Haitink,  Heinz Wallberg  ... 
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  • 73.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 74.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072448 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Pavol Breslik,  John Mark Ainsley,  Annette Dasch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 75.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Finley, Connolly, Kenny, Devine
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 757 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Rebecca Outram,  Patricia Bardon,  William Purefoy  ... 
    Conductor:  Margaret Faultless,  Elizabeth Kenny,  Steven Devine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
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