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Benjamin Britten’s relationship with Peter Pears completely altered the creative course of his life. He began composing vocal music inspired by Pears’ voice in 1940, and while he also wrote for other performers over the following decades, Pears remained his most constant and significant ‘muse’.

Such an Artist to Write For explores the remarkable relationships between Britten and his artistic collaborators, and reveals the powerful role that Pears, in particular, played in Britten’s compositions.