(June 22, 1910-April 3, 1986)
Partner of the composer Benjamin Britten Sang in many Britten operas, including 'Peter Grimes,' 'Billy Budd,' 'Death in Venice,' 'The Turn of the Screw,' 'Albert Herring' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Sang Schubert lieder, Bach cantatas, Puccini's 'Turandot' and Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex'
Why he might be annoying
Many critics disliked his voice.
One described it as 'slightly weird.'
Another said: 'He had one good note - E-flat a third above middle C.'
He dropped out of Oxford.
Many people assume his name is pronounced 'PAIRS,' but it's actually 'PEERS.'
Why he might not be annoying
He and Benjamin Britten had a long, happy relationship.
Britten wrote much of his greatest music for him.
He wrote poetry.
His diction was superb.
Credit: Wieland Kalligaro
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 37 Votes: 72.97% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 60 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 24 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 141 Votes: 72.34% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 66 Votes: 78.79% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 374 Votes: 67.11% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 196 Votes: 67.86% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 351 Votes: 68.66% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 520 Votes: 68.85% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 113 Votes: 61.06% Annoying
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