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John Mark Ainsley

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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
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   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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Handel: Acis And Galatea, Etc / King, Mcfadden, Ainsley
Release Date: 11/16/1993   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66361/6   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Joshua / King, Ainsley, Kirkby, Bowman, Et Al
Release Date: 11/19/1993   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66461/6   Number of Discs: 2
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Quilter: Songs / John Mark Ainsley, Malcolm Martineau
Release Date: 10/22/1996   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66878   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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:  Roy Goodman,  Gillian Fisher,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Consort
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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:  Tayleurs Dumme,  Nancy Kulp,  Jack Dabdoub,  Robert Nichols  ... 
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Best Tenor Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilèa,  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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    Handel - The Masterworks [30 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001275302 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Harvey,  Alison Hagley,  Susan Gritton,  Andreas Scholl  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players,  Gabrieli Consort,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi 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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    Beethoven: Lieder und Gesange / John Mark Ainsley, Iain Burnside
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 145 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Iain Burnside
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  • 72.
    Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Stubbs, Ainsley, Netherlands Opera
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 929 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  John Mark Ainsley,  Juanita Lascarro,  David Cordier  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tragicomedia,  Concerto Palatino
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  • 73.
    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 54, 169, 170 / King, Bowman
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55312 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Gillian Fisher,  John Mark Ainsley,  Charles Pott
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 74.
    Beethoven: Mass In C Major / Davis, Matthews, Mingardo, Ainsely, Miles
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 594 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Alastair Miles,  Sally Matthews,  Sara Mingardo
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Great Baroque Arias / King's Consort
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 09/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  John Weldon
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  James Bowman,  Michael George,  Gillian Fisher  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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