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John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley

Tenor John Mark Ainsley's discography covers the baroque and classical repertoire, the German Lied and English song and the American musical.



Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
A live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 EIF. 

CKD 522  

French Connections
French Connections
A recital featuring four of the 20th century’s best song writers, with pianist Malcolm Martineau. 

CKD 477  

Brahms & Schumann: Lieder
Brahms & Schumann: Lieder
A fitting way to draw Dame Ann Murray's long and distinguished recording career to a close. 

CKD 443  

John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley has appeared with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors, including the London, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras and the London, Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, with Davis, Haitink, Mackerras, Charles Dutoit, Masur, Norrington, Rattle and Abbado.

His discography covers the baroque and classical repertoire, the German Lied and English song and the American musical. His Britten recordings include the three tenor cycles Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Les illuminations and Nocturne.

2010 saw his first Captain Vere in the UK in Michael Grandage's production of Billy Budd for the Glyndebourne Festival. He sang Skuratov in Janacek's From the House of the Dead directed by Chereau and conducted by Boulez at the Amsterdam, Vienna and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and subsequently in his house debut at La Scala, Milan/ Salonen. He was awarded the Munich Festival Prize for his performance as Orfeo. He created the role of Der Daemon in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's L'Upupa for the Salzburg Festival and also sang the world premiere of Henze's Phaedra in Berlin and Brussels.

John Mark won the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music.


For further information - www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists/singers/tenor/john-mark-ainsley
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20 May 2016
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Classical CD Choice
'This is a lively and ingratiating reading of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece...the opera is dispatched in energetic fashion.'


Opera News
Critic's Choice: 'Revelatory...An eminently seaworthy Pinafore, sure to captivate Savoyards everywhere.'
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Limelight
'The music is bright and melodic with excellent harmonies.'
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Crescendo
4 Stars
« HMS Pinafore est une œuvre plaisante contenant de nombreux airs fort bien construits ... Elle reste somme toute assez lisse... »
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Bay Area Reporter
'Not only does French Connection contain several brilliant song cycles, expertly performed, but it also introduces us to an artistic milieu that dominated Western Europe for over 30 years. Highly recommended.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'So beautifully done. Sophisticated. It's a strong cast.'
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Fanfare
'The cast for this Pinafore is consistently satisfying...John Mark Ainsley as Sir Joseph...is wickedly funny...'
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Arthur Sullivan Society Journal
'Richard Egarr's enthusiasm for the opera, and for Sullivan, shines out in his conducting, which is lively and sensitive.'
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Fanfare
'Everything about this release points to an urgent recommendation.'
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Opera News
'...this new recording is one of the best we have [of Berkeley's Five Poems].'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
Opera Choice: 'As a full modern recording without dialogue, this is definitely recommendable.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'Featuring a charismatic cast...the production was especially noteworthy for conductor Richard Egarr's historically informed approach to the music.'
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KulturRadio
5 Stars
„Diese CD ist ein Glücksfall und ein erstaunlicher Lebensbeweis des Genres.“
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The Telegraph
'...the performance is largely excellent...the whole thing bounces and sparkles and smiles...'
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Der Neue Merker
„Die Aufführung der Schottischen Oper in Edinburgh ist jedenfalls ein Hit."
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The New Listener
„Dazwischen hinreißende Chöre und Ensembles, kurzum ein Vergnügen, das diese Live-Aufnahme durchaus adäquat einfängt."
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The Herald Scotland
'Conductor Richard Egarr, the Scottish Opera orchestra and chorus and a fine line-up of soloists, including John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence shine...'
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Gramophone
'...it's light on its feet, and the Scottish Opera Orchestra respond with warmth and grace. It was clearly one of those occasions where everyone plays off each other, and with a cast like this, the results are never less than engaging...'
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Financial Times
'A first-rate cast...[it] sparkles.'
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MusicWeb International
'The singers are first class and well suited to their roles...The rest of the cast do equal justice, with soloists and chorus singing with excellent tonal balance, energy and commitment under Richard Egarr's leadership.'
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Ihr Opernratgeber
„Für den spritzigen Orchesterklang sorgt der Dirigent Richard Egarr . Eine witzige Produktion, die glücklicherweise ohne Holzhammerhumor auskommt.“
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The Sunday Times
'Gilbert's satire on the English class system, political jobbery and hypocrisy, and the navy still resonates...its native tunefulness keep[s] the score fresh.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„frisch gestrichen“
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Presto Classical
Disc of the Week: '…for my money Egarr and Co. get the balance between tradition and freshness absolutely spot-on: there’s a tremendous sense of affection and conviction from all involved, and never a suggestion of anyone condescending to the material…Working from two recent scholarly editions of the score, Egarr brings out some wonderful orchestral detail...'
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with conductor Richard Egarr
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BBC Music Magazine
'The music is full of life and colour...'
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Gramophone
'Ainsley is superb in finding and conveying the particular qualities that lend both Berkeley and Poulenc their musical identities...all delivered here beguilingly.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'Britten's Holy Sonnets of John Donne go further, lacerating, consoling, intense.'
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