Honorary Fellow Robert Tear dies

Robert Tear

Renowned tenor and Honorary Fellow of King's Robert Tear died this morning, aged 72.

Tear was born in Barry, Wales, and studied at the grammar school there before becoming a Choral Scholar at King's.

He graduated from King's in 1960 and made his operatic debut in 1966 for the English Opera Group. He went on to develop an acclaimed career as a singer and a conductor, and appeared on over 250 recordings.

Although he performed a range of work, from Victorian parlour songs to contemporary opera, he is particularly known for his performance of works by Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett.

Tear was awarded a CBE in 1984 and was made an Honorary Fellow of King's in 1988. At the time of his death he was Visiting Professor of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music.

He was known for his modesty and wit, qualities which show in his 1995 autobiography, Singer Beware: A Cautionary Story of the Singing Class.

29 March 2011