- Alan Blyth
( b Marseilles, Aug 29, 1876; d Paris, July 16, 1954). French tenor . He began his career as an actor, then studied singing in Paris, making his début at the Opéra-Comique in 1902 as the King in the première of Hahn’s La Carmélite. At the Opéra, where he first sang in 1905 as Renaud (Gluck’s Armide), he created roles in two Massenet operas, Theseus in Ariane (1906) and the title role of Bacchus, and also Prinzivalle in Février’s Monna Vanna (1909). At Monte Carlo he created Hercules in Saint-Saëns’s Déjanire (1911) and Lentulus in Massenet’s Roma (1912). His roles included Faust, Massenet’s Des Grieux, Werther, Romeo, Don José, Wilhelm Meister, Samson, d’Indy’s Fervaal, Reyer’s Sigurd and Fauré’s Ulysses, which he sang in the Paris première of Pénélope (1913, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées). He also sang Walther, Radames, the Duke, Canio and Herod. He appeared in Boston and Chicago (...