Saturday, August 22, 2009
HEDDEL NASH...GREAT ENGLISH TENOR
Heddle Nash was born in London June 14th 1894. This was very memorable to me, of course , and my parents because they were married on June 14, 1941, also known as flag day. Nash was 20 when World War one broke out and he enlisted in the British forces, interrupting his musical studies. He was a combat soldier and saw action in Palestine, Gallipoli and France. He was severely wounded; he recovered and later married his nurse. They had two sons. My father was also seriously hurt in a car crash and was nurse by my mother whom he later married. After World War I Nash studied with Marie Brema at the Blackheath Conservatory. Nash made his operatic debut in 1924 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan playing the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Nash sang many song recitals and was well known as singer of oratorios, art songs, and opera (often in English) on the radio and on recordings. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century and certainly one of the greatest English tenors of his era (floruit 1924-1950). He died of lung cancer in 1961 at the age of 67.
ANOTHER GREAT TENOR OF THE 78 era WEBSTER BOOTH
SNOWY BREASTED PEARL (translation of Irish Gaelic song) WEBSTER BOOTH