Letters and telegrams to Richard

Above:  Post card from Peter Pears to Richard Lewis thanking him for stepping in at what appears to be the last moment to cover for Pears as Captain Vere in a production of Billy Budd. Date unknown.

Above:  Letter from Sir John Barbirolli to Richard Lewis following the 1950 performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at the Leeds Triennial Festival. Sir John Barbirolli conducted the Festival Chorus and Halle Orchestra with Richard in the title role and Kathleen Ferrier as the Angel.

Above: Telegram of undetermined dat to Richard from Benjamin Britten congratulating him on a perforamance of Peter Grimes.

Above: Luciano Pavarotti was invited to Richard's 70th birthday celebrations in 1984 at Glydebourne but was unable to attend on the day..

Above: Telegram from Michael Tippett to Richard prior to a performance of the composer's The Midsummer Marriage, possibly in 1955 for the Covent Garden premiere.