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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
1Amice iam parata sunt omnia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

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

Roles: Hyacinthus/Zephyrus/Oebalus
2Non est quis ergo Nate Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus/Oebalus
3Saepe terrent Numina Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: treble or sopranoLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus
4Rex me redire cogit Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

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

Roles: Apollo/Melia/Oebalus
5Rex de salute filii Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

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

Roles: Zephyrus/Oebalus/Melia
6Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
7Natus cadit atque Deus Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
8Amare numquid filia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
9Ha ha ha! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: spokenVoice: T T T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Three slaves
10Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.01

Type: trioVoice: T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo/Pastore I/pastore-i
11Oh! ciel pietoso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Arbace
12Ma che piu tardi Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Sacerdote
13Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
14Cieli che vedo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
15Pria di partir oh Dio Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra
16Messeri il Doge Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.15-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Roderigo/Iago
17Vieni l'aula e deserta Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cassio/Otello/Iago
18Cieli che veggo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante
19Accogli oh re del mar Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.13

Type: Voice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Sacerdote
20Volgi intorno lo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sacerdote/Idomeneo
21Stupenda vittoria Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-1

Type: choirVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
22Qual risuona qui intorno Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
23Sire alla reggia tua immensa Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace/Ilia/Idomeneo/Elettra
24Nun stolzer Jungling nur hierher Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: quartetVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Pamina/Tamino/Sarastro
25Der 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
26Prence signor tutta la Grecia Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante/Elettra/Ilia/Arbace
27Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
28Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
29The flocks shall leave the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea/Polyphemus
30Ecco il misero resto de Troiani Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante/Ilia
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