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Robert Tear

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Welsh
Year of Birth: 1939
Year of Death: 2011

About Robert Tear:

Robert Tear, (pronounced to rhyme with "beer") CBE (8 March 1939 – 29 March 2011) was a Welsh tenor singer, teacher and conductor. He first became known singing in the operas of Benjamin Britten in the mid-1960s. From the 1970s until his retirement in 1999 his main operatic base was the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; he appeared with other opera companies in the UK, mainland Europe, the US and Australia. Generally avoiding the Italian repertoire, which did not suit his voice, Tear became known in leading and character roles in German, British and Russian operas.

Tear's concert repertoire was wide, extending from music from the 17th century to contemporary works by Britten, Tippett and others. He conducted for some years from the mid-1980s, but found himself temperamentally unsuited to it. As a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music he was happier, and was well regarded by colleagues and pupils.

Tear was born in Barry, Glamorgan, the son of Thomas Tear, a railway clerk, and his wife Edith, née Dodds. As a schoolboy at Barry Boys' Grammar School he sang in a local church choir and at the age of seven he took part in the nascent Welsh National Opera's first production, Cavalleria Rusticana in Cardiff in April 1946. In 1957 he won a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge where he studied English. His biographer Raymond Holden counts as his chief university influences the critic and teacher F. R. Leavis, the writer E. M. Forster and the conductor David Willcocks.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
2Manon!..Des Grieux! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier/Lamplighter
3Cosa sento! Tosto andate Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Basilio
4Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Pedrillo
5In quegli anni in cui val poco Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Basilio
6Love sounds th'alarm Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
7Come away fellow sailors Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
8O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
9Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos
10Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
11Vivi tu te ne scongiuro Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy
12Love in her eyes sits playing Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
13Frisch zum Kampfe Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo
14Marsch marsch trollt euch fort Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: B T TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Belmonte/Pedrillo
15Ah! che ridere! Popularity:

Opera: Sposo Deluso, LoComposer: MozartAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bettina/Asdrubale/Pulcherio/Bocconio
16C'est une chanson d'amour Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann/Antonia
17Ach Belmonte! Ach mein Leben! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: quartetVoice: T S T SLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde
18The flocks shall leave the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea/Polyphemus
19Nie werd ich deine Huld verkennen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: T S T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde/Osmin
20Jour et nuit je me mets en quatre Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Andrès
21Svanir le voci Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Flavio
22Where shall I seek the charming fair? Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
23Se il tuo duol Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
24Evviva! Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-Br T Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Figaro/Basilio/Cherubino/Count
25Stay Prince and hear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.14

Type: duetVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
26Me protegge me difende Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Flavio/Pollione
27Nel veder la tua costanza Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy
28Qual mesto suon Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Hervey/Smeton/Rochefort
29Basilio in traccia tosto di Figaro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Cherubino/Basilio
30Padre mio caro padre Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.15-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante
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