Peter Pears

1910–1986

Picture of Peter Pears

Peter Pears sings Sweet Polly Oliver
In RA format
This is a "very special" recording for me: Pears my do nothing tenor par excellence, and Britten my do nothing composer par excellence at the piano.
Repertory


A village Romeo and Juliet (Horn player) – London, Royal College of Music, 28 June 1934
Così fan tutte (act 1, Ferrando) – Royal College of Music, 23 February 1935
Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Royal College of Music, Easter 1934
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Second foreman) – London, Queen's Hall, March 1936
Doktor Faust (Student) – London, Queen's Hall, March 1937
On the frontier (Announcer) – London, Globe, 12 February 1939
Les contes d'Hoffmann – London, Strand, 6 May 1942
Die Zauberflöte – London, New Theater, 19 January 1943
Rigoletto – Blackpool, 3 April 1943
La traviata – London, New Theater, 29 April 1943
Il barbiere di Siviglia – London, New Theater, 29 July 1943 (Wearing lists July 30 or 31)
The bartered bride (Vašek) – London, New Theater, 10 November 1943
Così fan tutte – London, New Theater, 29 August 1944
Peter Grimes – London, Saddler's Wells, 7 June 1945
The rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus) – Glyndebourne, 12 July 1946
Albert Herring – Glyndebourne, 20 June 1947
The beggar's opera (Macheath) – Saddler's Wells, 6 September 1948
Illuminations (Singer) – London, Covent Garden, 20 July 1950
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Narrator) – Hammersmith, Lyric, 1 May 1951
Dido and Aeneas – London, Saddler's Wells, 16 June 1951
Oedipus Rex – Köln, 5 October 1951
Billy Budd (Vere) – London, Covent Garden, 1 December 1951
Love in Village (Hawthorn) – Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall, 16 June 1952
Gloriana (Robert Devereux) – London, Covent Garden, 8 June 1953
The Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint/Prologue) – Venice, Fenice, 14 September 1954
Troilus and Cressida (Pandarus) – London, Covent Garden, 3 December 1954
Façade – London, Scala, 24 September 1955
Savitri (Satyavan) – Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall, 15 June 1956
Ruth (Boaz) – London, Scala Theater, 2 October 1956
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (David) – London, Covent Garden, 28 January 1957
Les mamelles de Tirésias – Aldeburgh, 16 June 1958
A midsummer night's dream (Flute) – Aldeburgh, 11 June 1960
Curlew river (Madwoman) – Aldeburgh, Oxford Church, 11 June 1964
The burning fiery furnace (Nebuchadnezzar) – Aldeburgh, Oxford Church, 9 June 1966
The prodigal son (Tempter) – Aldeburgh, Oxford Church, 10 June 1968
Idomeneo – Aldeburgh, Maltings, 10 June 1969
Owen Wingrave (Count) – London, Covent Garden, 10 May 1973
Death in Venice – Aldeburgh, Maltings, 16 June 1973
Eugene Onegin (Triquet) – Aldeburgh, 16 June 1979
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture.
Reference: Christopher Headington Peter Pears, Faber and Faber, 1992.
J. P. Wearing The London stage, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Opera June 1986

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