Personalities | Peter Pears | Modern Era | Opera

1910–86, English

England’s leading tenor from 1945 to 1960, Pears created many of Benjamin Britten’s leading roles, including Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, The Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Aschenbach (Death in Venice). An oratorio specialist, he performed the Evangelist in the Bach Passions with distinction, while in recitals, often accompanied by Britten, he was deeply affecting. His voice was not incredible, but he used it intelligently. He founded the Aldeburgh Festival with Britten.

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