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
Famous Baroque Arias / Ainsley, Bowman, Fisher, George, King's Consort
Release Date: 07/13/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1102   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Greatest Works - Handel / Koch, Creed, Knothe, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184292 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch,  Gisela Fetting,  Werner Stolze,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Marcus Creed,  Dietrich Knothe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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  • 67.
    The Best Of Finzi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556836 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Robert Plane,  Iain Burnside,  Roderick Williams,  Christopher Whitton  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Christopher Robinson,  David Lloyd-Jones,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 68.
    Vaughan Williams: Choral Works / Best, Corydon Singers
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44321 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roger Judd,  Richard Pasco,  Ursula Howells,  John Gielgud  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Corydon Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Janácek: From The House Of The Dead / Boulez
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001085609 Release Date: 04/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Stefan Margita,  Eric Stoklossa,  Peter Straka,  Jiri Sulzenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Handel/Mozart: Acis Und Galatea / Hogwood, Dawson, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 430538 Release Date: 04/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Nico Van der Meel,  Michael George,  Lynne Dawson
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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  • 71.
    Music For The Lion-hearted King / Page, Gothic Voices
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55292 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Gace Brulé,  Blondel de Nesle,  Gui IV
    Performer:  Margaret Philpot,  Leigh Nixon,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rogers Covey-Crump
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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  • 72.
    A Night With Handel
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4232 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Sarah Connolly,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 73.
    Biber: Requiem In F Minor / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436460 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner,  Christopher Robson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 74.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108080 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Markus Mollenbeck,  John Mark Ainsley,  Axel Wolf,  Christopher Purves  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
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  • 75.
    The Garden Of Zephirus - Courtly Songs / Page, Gothic Voices
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55289 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dufay,  Anthonello da Caserta,  Briquet,  Bartholomeus Brollo  ... 
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Margaret Philpot,  Leigh Nixon,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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