Peter Pears (1910-1986), the original creator of Peter Grimes in 1945 and Benjamin Britten´s lifelong partner. Peter Pears´ Peter Grimes is a light-voiced, lyrical dreamer, here from the 1969 BBC film, released on DVD in the Mad Scene:
A radically different approach to Peter Grimes was taken by Canadian heldentenor Jon Vickers (born 1926) as a heavy-weight and troubled Peter Grimes with shattering intensity, where violence lurks just beneath the surface. Apparently Britten detested Jon Vickers interpretation, here from 1981, released on DVD, also in the Mad Scene:
As they say, in arts there doesn´t have to be a winner. Though in this case I wouldn´t hesitate to cast my vote in favour of Jon Vickers, despite the undisputed qualities of Peter Pears.