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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
1The flocks shall leave the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea/Polyphemus
2Love in her eyes sits playing Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
3Love sounds th'alarm Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
4Where shall I seek the charming fair? Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
5Natus cadit atque Deus Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
6Saepe terrent Numina Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: treble or sopranoLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus
7Amare numquid filia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
8Laetari iocari Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus
9Rex me redire cogit Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/cA tr/S TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Apollo/Melia/Oebalus
10Non est quis ergo Nate Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus/Oebalus
11Amice iam parata sunt omnia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S tr/cA TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus/Zephyrus/Oebalus
12Ut navis in aequore luxuriante Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus
13Rex de salute filii Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/cA T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Zephyrus/Oebalus/Melia
14Ah! si plachi il fiero Nume Popularity:

Opera: ArmidaComposer: HaydnAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Clotarco
15God o' Mercy Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
16I accept their verdict Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
17No cosi scellerato Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito/Annio/Publio
18Ah! se fosse intorno al trono Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
19Ma che giorno e mai questo Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
20Adesso oh Sesto Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annio/Sesto/Tito
21Te della..basta basta Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Publio/Annio/Tito
22Che orror che tradimento Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
23Del piu sublime soglio Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
24Quello di Tito e il volto Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto/Tito/Publio
25Sesto de tuoi delitti Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito/Annio/Servilia
26Vedrommi intorno l'ombra dolente Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
27Cieli che veggo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante
28Godiam la pace Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ensemble,choirVoice: T B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Two Trojans/Two Cretan women
29Ecco il misero resto de Troiani Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante/Ilia
30Oh! ciel pietoso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Arbace
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