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Sir Peter Pears
(June 22, 1910 - April 3, 1986) U.K.

Peter Pears



Peter PearsBorn in Farnham, he studied at the Royal College of Music. He had a relationship with the composer Benjamin Britten, that lasted 40 years. Pears was the co-founder of the English Opera Group in 1946.

A co-founder with Britten of the Aldeburgh Festival, he was closely associated with the composer's work and played the title role in Peter Grimes: he was also often the first performer of works by Tippett and Berkley.

Pears was knighted in 1978. He died in Aldeburgh.


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