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date: 19 November 2019

Tear, Robertlocked

  • Alan Blyth


(b Barry, 8 March 1939; d 29 March 2011). Welsh tenor. He was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and made his operatic début in 1963 as the Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) with the English Opera Group, for which he created Meshach (The Burning Fiery Furnace, 1966), Younger Son (The Prodigal Son, 1968), and the title role in Crosse’s Grace of Todd (1969). At Covent Garden he created Dov in The Knot Garden (1970), the Deserter in We Come to the River (1976) and Rimbaud in Tavener’s Thérèse (1976). Tear’s many other roles there, revealing his versatility and his gifts as a vivid character actor, included Lensky, Paris (King Priam), Jack (The Midsummer Marriage), Froh, Loge Tom Rakewell, Admetus (Alceste), Captain Vere, Peter Grimes, David (...

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