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Peter Pears (1910–1986)

Peter Pears was born on June 22, 1910 in Farnham, Surrey, England. He died on April 3, 1986 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. See full bio »

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Known For

Distant Voices, Still Lives
Billy Budd
Billy Budd Captain Vere


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 2006 Folk Britannia (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ballads and Blues (2006) ... (performer: "Foggy Dew")
 1989 War Requiem ("War Requiem, Op. 66")
 1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives (performer: "O Waly, Waly")
 1987 Coda (TV Movie) (performer: "Serenade Opus 31 for Tenor Solo, Horn and Strings")
 1969 Grant North (Short) (performer: "Norwegian Folk Song")
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 1969-1971 NET Opera Theater (TV Series)
General Sir Philip Wingrave / Narrator / Peter Grimes
- Owen Wingrave (1971) ... General Sir Philip Wingrave / Narrator
- Peter Grimes (1969) ... Peter Grimes
 1970 Music on 2 (TV Series)
- Idomeneo (1970) ... Idomeneo
 1966 Billy Budd (TV Movie)
Captain Vere
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 2005 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (libretto)
 1981/II A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (libretto)
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 1985 The Tenor Man's Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1979 Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was... (TV Movie documentary)
 1976 Aquarius (TV Series)
- Edinburgh Three-O (1976) ... Himself
 1956 Buritun Piâzu tokubetsu ensoukai (TV Movie)
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 2008 The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series)
- Britten: Peter Grimes (2008) ... Himself
 2006 Folk Britannia (TV Series documentary)
- Ballads and Blues (2006) ... Himself

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Other Works:

His operatic roles include: Captain Vere in "Billy Budd", libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier (after the story by Herman Melville ) , music by Benjamin Britten (Royal Opera House, London, 1952)

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He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1957 and knighthood in 1978 for his services to music. See more »

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