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John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)

The English tenor John Mark Ainsley was born in Crewe in 1963 and studied at Magdalen College Oxford, followed by a period as a lay clerk at Christ Church; his teachers included Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Diane Forlano. After singing with various professional ensembles including Gothic Voices, he made his operatic debut at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival and was soon in high international demand for baroque repertoire and Mozart roles (particularly the title-roles in La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo). Later in his career he gravitated towards twentieth-century and contemporary repertoire, and became particularly associated with the music of Henze and Britten – his large discography includes Lysander on Sir Colin Davis’s 1995 recording of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the tenor solos on Paul McCreesh’s BBC Music Magazine Award-winning War Requiem, and (on DVD and Blu-ray) Captain Vere in Michael Grandage’s widely acclaimed 2010 production of Billy Budd from Glyndebourne.

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