(8 March 1939 – 29 March 2011)
Robert Tear, CBE was a Welsh tenor and conductor.
He made his début at Covent Garden in 1970 as Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and he made his début as a conductor in 1985. He was knighted in 1984.
Robert Tear was closely associated with the music of British composers Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett. He created the role of Dov in Tippett's opera The Knot Garden.
He made a highly successful debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Company as the tormented Aschenbach in Britten's Death in Venice in 1990 and gave his farewell performance at Covent Garden in 2009, as the Emperor Altoum in Puccini's Turandot.
It was a role he had played once before in the highly praised recording with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti conducted by Zhubin Mehta.