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
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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Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano [blu-ray]
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072444   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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Firebird, Symphonies Of Wind Instruments / Welser-möst, London Po, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20969 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  John Mark Ainsley,  John Tomlinson,  Lambert Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Handel: Alcina / Bolton, Harteros, Kasarova, Prina, Et Al
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108080 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Vesselina Kasarova,  Christopher Purves,  John Mark Ainsley,  Sonia Prina  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Pilgrimage To Santiago / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4759103 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Martin Codax,  Anonymous,  Alfons X (El Sabio)
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Simon Grant,  Stephen Charlesworth,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 88.
    Handel: Saul / Gardiner, Miles, Dawson, Ragin, Ainsley
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000942802 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ruth Holton,  Lynne Dawson,  Derek Lee Ragin,  Richard Savage  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    English Song Series 16 - Finzi: A Young Man's Exhortation / Ainsley, Burnside
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570414 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Iain Burnside,  John Mark Ainsley
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  • 91.
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93209 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Catherine Bott,  John Mark Ainsley,  Paul [Tenor Vocal] Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 92.
    Bach: Johannes Passion / Cleobury, Richardson, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93209 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Richardson,  Catherine Bott,  Michael Chance,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 93.
    The Sylvan And Oceanic Delights Of Posilipo / Philip Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425610 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Andrew King,  John Mark Ainsley,  Patrizia Kwella
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 94.
    Monteverdi Cycle - Poppea, Ulisse, L'Orfeo
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 972 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp,  Michael Chance,  Cynthia Haymon,  Brigitte Balleys  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Glen Wilson,  David Porcelijn,  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Baroque Orchestra,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Netherlands Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    The Castle Of Fair Welcome - Late 15th Century Courtly Songs
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55274 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles the Bold,  Walter Frye,  Robert Morton,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gillian Ross,  Christopher Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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  • 96.
    Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000814709 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Véronique Gens,  Alexandra Reinprecht,  John Graham-Hall
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Beethoven: Mass In C, Tremate, Etc / Best, Watson, Et Al
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55263 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean Rigby,  Janice Watson,  Gwynne Howell,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  Corydon Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Britten: Purcell Realizations / Lott, Gritton, Walker, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion Dyad   Catalog: 22058 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
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  • 99.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - L'invitation Au Voyage
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67523 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Henri Duparc
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  John Mark Ainsley
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  • 100.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16044 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  James Bowman,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
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