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Peter Pears (1910-1986), Singer

Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears

Sitter in 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; Benjamin Britten

by Kenneth Green
oil on canvas, 1943
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5136


Peter Pears

by Georg Ehrlich
plaster cast for bronze head, 1963
NPG 5909


Peter Pears

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978?
NPG P150(30)


Benjamin Britten; Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan; Peter Pears

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1950
NPG x15221


Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Felicitas
postcard print, 1950s
NPG x15225


Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Unknown photographer
postcard print, December 1955
NPG x15233


Peter Pears; Julian Bream

by Lotte Meitner-Graf
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG x15240


(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1963
NPG x138055


Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Clive Strutt
bromide print, 1967
NPG x15256


Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears

by Malcolm Crowthers
bromide fibre print, 2 May 1984
NPG x136989


Peter Pears

by Gilbert Bowley
print, circa 1922
NPG x15177


Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; Francis Poulenc; Benjamin Britten

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, circa 1941
NPG x76594


Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1947
NPG x15218