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Tenor, Composer, Dachshunds

Britten and Pears at Crag House, 1954

Britten and Pears at Crag House, 1954

Tuesday at 8:00 PM

In honor of WFMT’s February theme, The Animal Kingdom, we present a little bit about opera and a little bit about dogs.

Coming up on the Tuesday Night Opera, Peter van de Graaff features a recording of Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice. It’s a classic recording (no dogs) starring the voice for whom it was written, tenor Peter Pears, along with John Shirley-Quirk.

Britten pictured with "Clytie"

Britten pictured with “Clytie”

 

 

 

By now the story has been told, retold, and told again that Peter Pears was Benjamin Britten’s muse. Pears was a light, clear, reedy sort of tenor that shaped the way Britten approached the human voice, particularly in that vocal range. They met in 1937 and remained together until Britten’s death in 1976.

 

Britten at Red House

Britten at Red House

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