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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
1Rex de salute filii Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

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

Roles: Zephyrus/Oebalus/Melia
2Brightly dawns our wedding day Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
3Here's a how-de-do! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko
4Godiam la pace Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

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

Roles: Two Trojans/Two Cretan women
5Sesto de tuoi delitti Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito/Annio/Servilia
6No cosi scellerato Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito/Annio/Publio
7Ah! se fosse intorno al trono Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
8Ma che giorno e mai questo Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
9Che orror che tradimento Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
10Del piu sublime soglio Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
11Se all impero Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
12Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
13Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
14Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
15Eine schreckliche Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: spokenVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
16He da! Was da! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
17Der welcher wandert diese Strasse voll Beschwerden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.27

Type: spokenVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Pamina/Two armoured men
18Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
19Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
20Quello di Tito e il volto Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto/Tito/Publio
21Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
22Siam quasi in porto adesso Popularity:

Opera: Finta semplice, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Fracasso
23Te della..basta basta Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Publio/Annio/Tito
24Madama e fatto tutto Popularity:

Opera: Finta semplice, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Polidoro/Rosina/Ninetta
25Sposa cara sposa bella Popularity:

Opera: Finta semplice, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Polidoro
26For he's gone and married Yum-Yum Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: finale,ensembleVoice: Mz Br S T S/Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Peep-Bo/Pooh-Bah
27Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
28Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
29Hier seid ihr euch beide allein überlassen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.14

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino
30He lichter her! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino
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