- Alan Blyth
(b Sheffield, July 6, 1928; d Lyme Regis, Sept 7, 2008). English baritone. He studied in Sheffield, making his début in 1949 as Coppélius/Dr Miracle. In 1952 he joined Sadler’s Wells chorus and was soon singing principal roles: Gérard, Scarpia, Rossini’s Figaro, Zurga, Ramiro (L’heure espagnole), Yevgeny Onegin, Rigoletto and Luna. He made his Covent Garden début in 1961 as Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), after singing the part in Edinburgh; later roles at Covent Garden included Renato, Amonasro, Germont, Posa, Iago, Boccanegra, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Marcello, Billy Budd, Escamillo, Choroebus (Les Troyens) and John the Baptist. He sang Lescaut in the British première of Henze’s Boulevard Solitude (1962, Sadler’s Wells) and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (English Opera Group, 1963). He made his La Scala début in 1965 as Rigoletto, his Paris and San Francisco débuts in 1966 as Posa. He sang Rigoletto in concert at Newport, Rhode Island, for the Metropolitan in ...