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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
91E intanto giacche non si stanca Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago/Cassio/Otello
92Ha ha ha! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: spokenVoice: T T T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Three slaves
93O dolcissimi lumi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.08

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
94Oh! voi di marte e di nettuno Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.11-2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo
95Frettolosa e giuliva Elettra Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Elettra
96Ma che piu tardi Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Ilia/Sacerdote
97Dove, ah dove te n' vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
98Qual risuona qui intorno Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Arbace
99Ma che giorno e mai questo Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tito
100Ahi sventurato amante Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
101Rex de salute filii Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

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

Roles: Zephyrus/Oebalus/Melia
102Amare numquid filia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
103Rex me redire cogit Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

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

Roles: Apollo/Melia/Oebalus
104Amice iam parata sunt omnia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

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

Roles: Hyacinthus/Zephyrus/Oebalus
105Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
106Non est quis ergo Nate Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus/Oebalus
107Ye 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
108For 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
109Ahi caso acerbo-1 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/Pastore III/Orfeo
110And I have journey'd for a month Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pooh-Bah
111Brightly 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
112Ahi caso acerbo-2 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
113Rotto hai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.09

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
114Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
115Here'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
116Te della..basta basta Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Publio/Annio/Tito
117The 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
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