Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 4, 2016

May Blyth (Soprano) (Edmonton, London, England 12 Feb 1899 – ? 1985)

Till 1921 she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1922 she became a member of the English National Opera Company. In the 1925-26 season she also appeared at the Covent Garden in London. From 1930 to 1932 she was a member of the Sadler's Wells Opera in London. In 1937 she sang in a concert performance of F. Buson’s opera ‘’Doctor Faust’’ at the Queen's Hall in London. Since 1926 she was married the Australian conductor Aylmer Buesst (1883-1970), who was one of the founders of the English National Opera. Since 1934 she taught singing at the Royal Academy of Music London. Her recordings are extremely rare.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 London English National Opera Company
1925-1926 London Covent Garden
1930-1932 London Sadler's Wells Opera


Decca, London 
Aida (Verdi): , fuggiam da queste mura...Di Napata le gole! with Henry Wendon and Richard Watson K533 MA1541-1A
Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam Gli Ardori Inospiti with Henry Wendon and Richard Watson K533 MA1540-1A

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  1. Impressive singing on the part of both singers. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for sharing your Knowledge to us!

  3. I got to know May Blyth in the early 1980s, as my then-fiancee was lodging with her while studying in St. Albans. She had many tales to tell about her professional life.

  4. May Blyth also sang Marie in the first British performance of Wozzeck in 1934 and went on to sing the equally demanding Luonnotar by Sibelius in the 1939 proms. She was obviously a singer who relished a challenge.