Tenor Robert Tear (Mar. 8 1939 - Mar. 29 2011)
It is reported today that Welsh tenor Robert Tear passed away earlier today at 72. Born in Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, Tear made his operatic deut in 1966 as Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw. He made his Royal Opera debut as Lensky in Eugene Onegin in 1970. Celebrated for his interpretation of works by Britten and Tippet, his Aschenbach in Death in Venice received critical acclaim and is preserved on DVD. Tear last sang as Emperor Altoun in Turandot at the Royal Opera Covent Garden two seasons ago. He died shortly before 4 am London time, after suffering from cancer of the esophagus since last fall.
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