John Mark Ainsley tenor

John Mark Ainsley was born in Cheshire, and studied in Oxford and London.

He has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including the London, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, the London, Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, with Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

He has sung Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival; Aix-en-Provence Festival; Royal Opera, Covent Garden); the title-role in Samson (Netherlands Opera) and Jupiter Semele (San Francisco Opera). His appearances at the Munich Festival include Bajazet Tamerlano, and the title-role in Idomeneo. In the world premieres of Henze’s L’Upupa (Salzburg Festival) and Phaedra (Berlin Festival), he created the roles of the Demon and Hippolyt. 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 under Salonen and at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin under Sir Simon Rattle.  

Future engagements include recitals in London, Amsterdam and Antwerp as well as concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under George Benjamin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.


Recordings featuring John Mark Ainsley


Trout Quintet

Schubert, Franz Peter (1797–1828)

Academy of Ancient Music

Steve Lubin fortepiano

Jaap Schröder violin

Christopher Hogwood director & fortepiano

1980, Decca 455 724 2

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