Alan Blyth

Pencil sketch of Alan Blyth

Geoffrey Alan Blyth (27 July 1929 – 14 August 2007) was an English music critic, author, and musicologist who was particularly known for his writings within the field of opera.[1][2] He was a specialist on singers and singing.[1] Born in London, Blyth's earliest musical experiences were at Rugby School.[1] He attended the music lectures of Professor Jack Westrup.[1] After graduation from Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read history, he returned to London and worked in journalism and publishing.[1] He wrote reviews, interviews and obituaries for The Times and for Gramophone.[1] He was a long-time contributor to the British magazine Opera.[3]


  • "Alan Blyth". The Guardian. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  • "Alan Blyth: An interview with Heinz Holliger". The Gramophone. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2021.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Reed, Philip (15 August 2007). "Obituary: Alan Blyth". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Alan Blyth". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 23 July 2021. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Baker, Janet, and Max Loppert. "Alan Blyth, 1929–2007", Opera Magazine (2007): 1168–1171.
  • C. Mackenzie. "Tribute: Alan Blyth", The Gramophone (2007), volume 85, issues 1024–1026, page 10.

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