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May Blyth was a leading British lyric  soprano of the inter-war period, singing particularly with BNOC, in a range of styles from Mozart to the lighter Wagner roles. In later years she was an influential teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, where her students included Wendy Eathorne, Gillian Knight and Elizabeth Ritchie. She was married to the conductor Aylmer Buesst.

She can be heard as Santuzza in an interesting English-language recording of Cavalleria Rusticana made by BNOC in 1927, and conducted by her husband.

Roles in Scotland

Musetta a grisette
Bohème 1922
Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Faust 1922
Louise 1922
Second Lady in attendance on the Queen
Zauberflöte 1923
First Girl
Perfect Fool 1924
Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend
Carmen 1925
La Ciesca Marco's wife, aged thirty-eight
Gianni Schicchi 1926
Gianni Schicchi 1927
Gertrude mother of Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel 1926
Aïda an Ethiopian slave
Aïda 1927
Second Norn
Götterdämmerung 1927
Countess Almaviva
Nozze di Figaro 1927

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