Robert Tear (1939 - 2011)

Robert Tear as Aschenbach in the 1992 Festival production of Death in Venice. Photo: Mike Hoban

It is with great sadness that Glyndebourne has learnt of the death of opera singer Robert Tear at the age of 72.

The Welsh tenor sang at Glyndebourne on a number of occasions, making an unforgettable debut as Aschenbach in the 1989 Glyndebourne On Tour production of Death in Venice. He repeated the role in the 1992 Festival.

The Sunday Times described it as ‘a splendid performance’, while The Independent noted: ‘at its centre is Robert Tear’s Aschenbach, his experience and artistry evident in every thoughtful inflection.’

The Spectator found ‘it hard to imagine the role of Aschenbach more lucidly or intelligently sung than it was by Robert Tear.’

Other roles at Glyndebourne included Basilio in the 1993 Festival production of Le nozze di Figaro; Hauk-Sendorf in the 1995 and 1997 Festival productions of The Makropulus Case; and Dr Blind in the 2006 Festival production of Die Fledermaus, which Robert also sang for GOT later the same year.

Photo: Robert Tear as Aschenbach in the 1992 Festival production of Death in Venice. c. Mike Hoban

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