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Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1940
Year of Death: 2010

About Anthony Rolfe Johnson:

Anthony Rolfe Johnson CBE (5 November 1940 – 21 July 2010) was an English operatic tenor.

Anthony Rolfe Johnson was born in Tackley in Oxfordshire. As a boy, he demonstrated musical ability and sang as a boy soprano, making a record with HMV. Despite his ability, he did not consider singing as a career and instead went to study for an agricultural degree. He worked as a farm manager, and would sing church hymns to his herd of cows. He joined a choral society in Crawley, West Sussex, and was encouraged by another member to pursue a professional singing career.

Rolfe Johnson studied with Ellis Keeler and Vera Rózsa at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was also tutored by Peter Pears.

He first appeared in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in the role of Count Vaudémont in Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta in 1973 with the English Opera Group. The same year, he held his first professional recital at the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. In 1975, Rolfe Johnson made his Glyndebourne debut, singing the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin, for which he won the John Christie Award. In 1978 he made his first appearance with English National Opera, as Tamino in The Magic Flute.

In the course of a long and varied career he performed in Handel's oratorios, sang the role of Evangelist in J. S. Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and sang solos in Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation. Operas he recorded include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Mozart's Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito, and Britten's Peter Grimes as well as appearing in the latter's War Requiem, amongst many others. Many of these recordings were made under English conductor John Eliot Gardiner, including Monteverdi's Ulysses and Orfeo and Mozart's Idomeneo.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
2Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
3Ye torrents roar! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11g

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: cA Br Br T S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
4Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
5Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
6Where shall I seek the charming fair? Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
7Where er you walk Popularity:

Opera: SemeleComposer: HandelAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
8Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
9Volgi intorno lo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sacerdote/Idomeneo
10Vieni l'aula e deserta Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cassio/Otello/Iago
11Vedrommi intorno l'ombra dolente Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
12Ut navis in aequore luxuriante Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus
13Una vela una vela Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Montano/Cassio/Iago/Roderigo
14Torna la pace al core Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.19-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
15Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
16The flower that bloom in the spring Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah
17The flocks shall leave the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea/Polyphemus
18Te della..basta basta Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Publio/Annio/Tito
19Tamino mein! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.28

Type: quartetVoice: S T T BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Tamino/Two armoured men
20Sventurata sidon Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
21Stupenda vittoria Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-1

Type: choirVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
22Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
23Sire alla reggia tua immensa Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace/Ilia/Idomeneo/Elettra
24Sesto de tuoi delitti Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito/Annio/Servilia
25Se mai pomposo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ilia/Idomeneo
26Se il tuo duol Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
27Scorto da te mio Nume Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
28Saepe terrent Numina Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: treble or sopranoLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus
29Rotto hai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.09

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
30Rosa del ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
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