- Alan Blyth
(b Berlin, May 28, 1925; d Bavaria, May 18, 2012). German baritone. He was one of the leading singers of his time, an artist distinguished by his full, resonant voice, cultivated taste and powerful intellect. He studied in Berlin with Georg Walter before being drafted into the German army and taken prisoner by the British in Italy in 1945. After the war he resumed his studies, now with Hermann Weissenborn. He made his concert début in Brahms’s German Requiem at Freiburg in 1947 and his stage début the next year as Posa in Don Carlos, under Heinz Tietjen at the Städtische Oper, Berlin, where he then became a leading baritone. Also in 1948 he broadcast Winterreise on Berlin radio, and at Leipzig gave his first solo recital. In 1949 he began regular appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper and at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Munich, and in 1952 at the Salzburg Festival. He sang at the Bayreuth Festival, ...