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Open Features: Robert Tear

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Robert Tear, a man with a voice of great clarity and precision.

Born
8th. March 1939 in Barry, Glamorgan.

Father
Thomas, railway clerk.

Mother
Edith.

Adolescence
Studied at Kings College, Cambridge, and joined St. Pauls Cathedral choir. He studied singing with Julian Kimbell.

Adult life
He sang with the English Opera Group, notably as Quint in The Turn of the Screw. He created the role of Dov in Tippett's The Knot Garden, Covent Garden 1970. Other roles have included Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He has sung with the Scottish Opera in Verdi and Mozart. He has sung Monteverdi's Nero with the Netherlands Opera and Loger at Paris Opera (1976).

His voice has great clarity, precision and taste, serving well in Lieder and the Bach Passions.

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