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Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Anthony Rolfe Johnson

(1940 – 2010)

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Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Anthony Rolfe Johnson
(1940 – 2010)

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Anthony Rolfe Johnson

(1940 – 2010)
About Anthony
This is an online memorial dedicated to Anthony Rolfe Johnson, CBE who was an English tenor singer.
Born in Tackley in Oxfordshire, Anthony Rolfe Johnson studied with Ellis Keeler and Vera Rosza at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He first appeared in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in Iolanthe in 1973 with the English Opera Group.
In the course of a long and varied career he performed in Handel's oratorios, sang the role of Evangelist in J. S. Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and sang solos in Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation. Operas he recorded include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Gilbert and
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Sullivan's The Mikado, Mozart's Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito, and Britten's Peter Grimes as well as appearing in the latter's War Requiem, amongst many others. He performed much early music, including Monteverdi's Ulysses and Orfeo.
He performed at the world's major opera houses, including the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera, and the Paris Opera.
He sang Polixenes in the world premiere of Philippe Boesman's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
Aside from opera, he appeared in concert with the world's major symphony orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic
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and Boston Philharmonic, and conductors, such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa. He also gave song recitals with Graham Johnson, many of which were recorded; he was a founder member of Graham Johnson's The Songmakers' Almanac. In 1988 he re-launched the Gregynog Festival, remaining its artistic director until 2006.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1992.
Anthony Rolfe Johnson passed away on 21 July 2010. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life and his career.
Remembrance Messages
On 22nd Dec 2016
Dave Horne
wrote:
I only learned about this great tenor a few days ago while I was listening to the Messiah and heard a fantastic tenor. I Googled his name and was saddened to learn that he died six years ago.
I read more about his life and felt the need to write something here.
To the family of Mr. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, please accept my sincerest condolences. He had an incredible voice
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Remembrance Messages
Dave Horne
message continued:
and his death is a great loss.
Dave Horne - Vught, The Netherlands
Remembrance Messages
On 24th Jul 2010
Jeremy Key-Pugh
wrote:
His was the voice that shone like burnished silver: it enchanted and inspired a would-be tenor like a vision of the holy grail - unattainable, but irresistible. It was the perfection towards which one strove, though always falling far short. And when I met the man himself, what a humane and modest gentleman he turned out to be. He was the greatest. Rest in Peace.
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Anthony Rolfe Johnson

This is an online memorial dedicated to Anthony Rolfe Johnson, CBE who was an English tenor singer.
Born in Tackley in Oxfordshire, Anthony Rolfe Johnson studied with Ellis Keeler and Vera Rosza at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He first appeared in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in Iolanthe in 1973 with the English Opera Group.
In the course of a long and varied career he performed in Handel's oratorios, sang the role of Evangelist in J. S. Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and sang solos in Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation. Operas he recorded include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Gilbert and...

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