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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
1Questi i campi di Tracia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
2Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
3Rotto hai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.09

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
4O dolcissimi lumi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.08

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
5Niun mi tema Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello
6Qual onor di te Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
7Aprite aprite Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello/Emilia
8Diceste questa sera le vostre Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
9Torna la pace al core Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.19-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
10Popoli a voi l'ultima legge Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
11Oh! ciel pietoso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Arbace
12Quell innocente un fremito Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17

Type: quartetVoice: Mz T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emilia/Cassio/Roderigo/Lodovico
13Ma che piu tardi Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Sacerdote
14Messeri il Doge Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.15-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Roderigo/Iago
15Padre mio caro padre Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.15-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante
16Qual risuona qui intorno Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
17Stupenda vittoria Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-1

Type: choirVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
18Accogli oh re del mar Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.13

Type: Voice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Sacerdote
19Quest e il segnale Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cassio/Iago
20Volgi intorno lo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sacerdote/Idomeneo
21Ei dorme Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
22E intanto giacche non si stanca Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago/Cassio/Otello
23Sventurata sidon Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
24Ahi sventurato amante Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
25Vieni l'aula e deserta Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cassio/Otello/Iago
26Sire alla reggia tua immensa Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace/Ilia/Idomeneo/Elettra
27Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
28Nelle guerre d'amore Popularity:

Opera: Finta semplice, LaComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fracasso
29Possente Spirto Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
30Cieli che vedo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
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