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John Mark Ainsley

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1963

About John Mark Ainsley:

John Mark Ainsley (born 9 July 1963) is an English lyric tenor. Known for his supple voice, Ainsley is particularly admired for his interpretations of baroque music and the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the course of his career, he has gravitated towards 20th-century music, singing in operas by Henze, Janá?ek, and Britten.

Ainsley was born in Crewe, Cheshire, the son of an Anglican priest and a teacher. He spent most of his childhood in Worcester and was educated at the Royal Grammar School Worcester (singing in the Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir), and Magdalen College, Oxford. He studied privately with Anthony Rolfe Johnson for five years and went to sing as a lay clerk at Christ Church. He later spent some time in Chicago where he studied with Diane Forlano, who remains his teacher to this day.

Ainsley made his official solo debut in 1987 when he sang in Stravinsky's Mass under Simon Rattle. After further engagements with Gothic Voices and other groups he made his professional opera debut in 1988 as Armindo in Scarlatti's Gli equivoci nel sembiante at Innsbruck's Early Music Festival. This was followed by his debut with English National Opera the following year as Eurimaco in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and his United States debut in 1990 in a series of concerts in Boston and New York. He has subsequently performed all around the world in operas and concerts. In 1992 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and created the tenor part in the world premiere of John Tavener's We shall see Him as He is. The following year he made his debut in the Vienna Musikverein, singing the Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion and tenor solos in the St John Passion under Peter Schreier. Other notable concert appearances include performances with the London Philharmonic under Roger Norrington, the London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis, Mstislav Rostropovich and André Previn, Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski, the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, the San Francisco Symphony under Jeffrey Tate, the Vienna Philharmonic under Trevor Pinnock, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Neville Marriner, and both the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestre de Paris under Carlo Maria Giulini among many others.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
2Thy hand Belinda when I am laid Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
3Where er you walk Popularity:

Opera: SemeleComposer: HandelAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
4Dalla sua pace Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
5Furibondo spira il vento Popularity:

Opera: PartenopeComposer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
6Possente Spirto Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
7Fear no danger to ensue Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
8Andro ramingo e solo Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: T T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idomeneo/Idamante/Elettra/Ilia
9Vallon sonore Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 5

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Hylas
10Come away fellow sailors Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
12Pastorello d'un povero armento Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Grimoaldo
13To the hills and the vales Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
14Great minds against themselves Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
15Witches dance Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.06

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
16Si spande al sole in faccia Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alessandro
17Rosa del ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
18Questi i campi di Tracia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
19Voi che fausti ognor donate Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alessandro
20Ei dorme Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
21Ecco 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
22Viva l'invitto duce Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aminta/Elisa/Agenore/Alessandro/Tamiri
23Flower of this purple dye Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
24O dolcissimi lumi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.08

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
25Or che dici Alessandro Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alessandro/Agenore
26Ah! giustizia signor Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.16-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisa/Alessandro
27Signore io sono Aminta Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aminta/Alessandro/Elisa
28Per qual ragione resta Popularity:

Opera: Re Pastore, IlComposer: MozartAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alessandro/Aminta
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