Peter Pears


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.

A Village Romeo and Juliet (horn player)-London, Royal College of Music, 28 June 1934
Cosi 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 Minsk (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
Cosi 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 (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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