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Peter Pears (1910-1986), Singer

Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears

Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Pears met Benjamin Britten in 1934, when he was a member of the BBC Singers. They gave their first recital together in 1937 at Balliol College, Oxford. Britten wrote for Pears a variety of leading roles in almost all his principal operas, from Peter Grimes (1945) to Death in Venice (1973). Pears made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in October 1974 as Aschenbach in Death in Venice. He sang regularly at the Royal Opera House and other opera houses in Europe and the United States. He was also a celebrated interpreter of Franz Schubert's Lieder, usually with Britten as accompanist and he gave performances as the Evangelist in Johann Sebastian Bach's Passions.

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Peter Pears; Kathleen Ferrier; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1952
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15229

x15234

Peter Pears; Francis Poulenc; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1955
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15234

x184264

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Erich Auerbach
vintage print, 1964
NPG x184264

x15252

Mstislav Rostropovich; Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1965
NPG x15252

x15258

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

printed by Decca Records
colour transparency, 1970
NPG x15258

x184263

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by BBC
vintage print, 13 November 1971
NPG x184263

x15260

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Victor Parker
bromide print, 1974
NPG x15260

x15265

Osian Gwynn Ellis; Peter Pears

by Nigel Luckhurst
bromide print, 17 June 1976
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15265

x15263

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by East Anglian Daily Times
bromide print, 20 May 1976
NPG x15263

x15267

Group at at Benjamin Britten's funeral

by East Anglian Daily Times
bromide print, 7 December 1976
NPG x15267