John Mark Ainsley, one of Britain’s most prolific tenors, was born in Cheshire, began his musical training in Oxford and continues to study with Diane Forlano. His extensive international concert work includes the Boston Symphony under Ozawa, Vienna Philharmonic under Norrington, Pinnock and Welser-Möst, London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis and Andre Previn, Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Rattle and the New York Philharmonic under Masur.
His discography is extensive and covers the baroque and classical repertoire, the German Lied and English song, and his recording of ‘On Wenlock Edge’ on Hyperion was nominated for a Gramophone award. Most recently he has recorded a recital disc, ‘Remember your lovers’ with Iain Burnside - a co-production between Signum Classics and BBC Radio 3’s “Voices” programme.
A highly gifted performer on the opera stage, he was awarded the Munich Festival Prize for his performance as Orfeo, a role that he has reprised at English National Opera to great acclaim. 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. He recently made his role debut as Captain Vere in ‘Billy Budd' in Frankfurt and his UK debut in the role at Glyndebourne. 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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