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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.
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.