- Alan Blyth
(b Ballarat, April 16, 1927; d London, Dec 7, 1971). Australian soprano. She studied in Melbourne, making her début there in 1954 as Santuzza, then touring as Magda in The Consul. After further study in Milan and London, she joined the Covent Garden company in 1956, making her début as Musetta. Among the roles she sang there were Tosca, Aida, Butterfly, Liù, Elisabeth de Valois, Lisa (Queen of Spades), Manon Lescaut, Jenůfa, Chrysothemis (which she recorded for Solti) and Marie (Wozzeck). In 1962 she created the role of Hecuba in Tippett’s King Priam, and the following year sang Katerina Izmaylova in the first British staging of Shostakovich’s opera. In all, she sang 293 performances at the Royal Opera. At Sadler’s Wells she sang Venus, Tosca, Concepcion (L’heure espagnole) and Kát’a. At the Metropolitan, New York, she created the role of Christine in Marvin David Levy’s ...