John Mark Ainsley


Cheshire-born John Mark Ainsley, began his musical training in Oxford and continues to study with Diane Forlano.

His concert engagements include appearances with the London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis, Rostropovich and Previn, the Concert D’Astrée under Haim, the London Philharmonic under Norrington, Les Musiciens du Louvre under Minkowski, the Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Moest, the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Rattle, the Berlin Staatskapelle under Jordan, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Pablo Heras Casada, the New York Philharmonic under Masur, the Boston Symphony under Ozawa and Dutoit, the Chicago Symphony under Dutoit, the San Francisco Symphony under Tate and Norrington, the Vienna Philharmonic under Norrington, Pinnock and Welser-Möst, the Academy of Ancient Music under Egarr, and both the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestre de Paris under Giulini.

He has sung Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Glyndebourne Festival, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Deborah Warner, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with Claudio Abbado and Peter Brook, and for his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, under Mackerras. His many appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper include Bajazet Tamerlano, Jonathan Saul, the title role in a new production of Idomeneo at the Cuvilliestheater and the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, for which he received the Munich Festival Prize. He created the role of Der Daemon in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa at the Salzburg Festival and Hippolyt in the world premiere of Henze’s Phaedra in Berlin and Brussels. He sang Skuratov From the House of the Dead, directed by Chereau and conducted by Boulez, at the Amsterdam, Vienna and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, and with Sir Simon Rattle at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He also made his house debut at Teatro alla Scala Milan with From the House of the Dead, conducted by Salonen and released on DVD. He sang his first Captain Vere Billy Budd in Frankfurt directed by Richard Jones, and he sang the role again in Michael Grandage’s production for the Glyndebourne Festival. Most recently he appeared as Orfeo at the Theater an der Wien under Ivor Bolton, and as Grimoaldo in a new Richard Jones production of Rodelinda at English National Opera.

His discography is extensive. For Philips Classics he has recorded Handel’s Saul with Gardiner, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Davis, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Haitink and Bach’s Mass in B minor and the Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with Ozawa. For Decca his recordings include L’Enfance du Christ, Alexander’s Feast, Acis and Galatea, the Berlioz Requiem and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. His E.M.I. recordings include the Britten cycles Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Les Illuminations and Nocturne, Brigadoon and Don Giovanni. For Deutsche Grammophon his releases include Handel’s La Resurezzione, Rameau’s Dardanus and Handel’s Messiah with Minkowski, the Britten Spring Symphony with Gardiner and L’Heure Espagnole with Previn. For Hyperion he has made a series of recital discs of Schubert, Mozart, Purcell, Grainger, Warlock and Quilter, and his recording of Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge with the Nash Ensemble was nominated for a Gramophone Award.

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

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