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
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Remember Your Lovers - Tippett, Etc / Ainsley, Burnside
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett,  Henry Purcell,  Pelham Humphrey,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Iain Burnside
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  • 87.
    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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  • 88.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 3
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67335 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Stephen Varcoe,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
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  • 89.
    Haydn: The Seasons / Bolton, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Miah Persson,  John Mark Ainsley,  David Wilson-Johnson
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Henze: L'upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053929 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Alfred Muff,  Matthias Goerne,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Hyperion French Song Edition - Faure: Complete Songs Vol 1
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67333 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Graham Johnson,  Christopher Maltman,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
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  • 92.
    Berlioz: Huit Scčnes De Faust, Etc / Dutoit, Graham, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475097 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  François Le Roux,  Gordon Gietz,  Philippe Rouillon,  Alain Duguay  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 93.
    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16005 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  Lorna Anderson,  Ann Murray,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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  • 94.
    Walton: Violin Sonata, Piano Quartet, Etc / Ainsley, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67340 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Ian Brown,  John Mark Ainsley,  Craig Ogden,  Lawrence Power  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 95.
    Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne / Ainsley
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 75563 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  David Pyatt,  Kate Hill,  Julie Andrews  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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  • 96.
    Zelenka: Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Ainsley, Chance, George
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55106 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
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  • 97.
    Goldschmidt: Der Gewaltige Hahnrei / Zagrosek
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440850 Release Date: 04/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Berthold Goldschmidt
    Performer:  Claudio Otelli,  Roberta Alexander,  Robert Wörle,  Michael Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Kirchschlager, Bonney, Ainsley, Miles, Ozawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468363 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  John Mark Ainsley,  Barbara Bonney,  Alastair Miles
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Tokyo Opera Singers
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  • 99.
    Handel: Messiah / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471341 Release Date: 10/01/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Charlotte Hellekant,  Lynne Dawson,  Russel Smythe,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 100.
    Finzi: Violin Concerto, Prelude, Romance, Etc /Little, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9888 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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