Heddle Nash

Biography

Born: June 14, 1894; London, England   Died: August 14, 1961; London, England  
Nash was one of the most elegant and yet emotionally direct lyric tenors of the first half of the twentieth century, with a sweet timbre and very fine technique. His voice was not a large one, but very well-produced and focused, though towards the end of his career, there was some occasional pinching in the uppermost register.

After serving in the army during World War I, Nash attended the Blackheath Conservatory, and later trained in
Read more Milan, Italy, under Giuseppe Borgatti. He had his operatic debut in 1924 as Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, making his London debut the year after at the Old Vic as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto. His Covent Garden debut was in 1929 as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and he was very favorably compared to John McCormack, the singer who had previously "defined" the role. He appeared in the first Glyndebourne season in 1934 as Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte. Most of his career was in England, where he was as acclaimed for his English oratorio performances as for his Italian operatic ones. In 1934, he also sang the lead in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius for the first time, at the Gloucester Festival, and for many, his interpretation of that role has never been surpassed for its insight or its lyrical beauty. Read less
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  • 1.
    A Delius Collection Of Rare Historic Recordings
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Joan Stuart,  Gordon Watson,  Heddle Nash,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Constant Lambert,  Sidney Beer,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Boyd Neel String Orchestra  ... 
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    Delius - 150th Anniversary Edition [18-CDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0841752 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Piers Lane,  John Noble,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Vernon Handley,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    First Night Of The Proms 1943 / Nash, Lympany, Wood, London Po
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lamar Stringfield,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Heddle Nash,  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge, Etc / Wood, Boult, Et Al
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 04/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Ivor Newton,  George Maran,  Betty Dolemore,  Robert Speaight  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Henry Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London String Quartet,  Luton Choral Society  ... 
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    E. J. Moeran - The Collected 78 Rpm Recordings
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 27808 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest John Moeran
    Performer:  John Goss,  Hubert Foss,  Jean Pougnet,  Anthony Pini  ... 
    Conductor:  Leslie Heward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cathedral Male Voice Quartet,  Hallé Orchestra
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    Historic Performances In English  / Goosens, Et Al
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 27805 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Harold Williams,  Marjorie Parry,  May Blyth,  Heddle Nash  ... 
    Conductor:  Aylmer Buesst,  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  British National Opera Company
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Beecham, Nash, Falkner, Jarred
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 11A Release Date: 08/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Heddle Nash,  Keith Falkner,  H. Percy Richardson,  Mary Jarred  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leeds Festival Chorus
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    Great Opera Recordings - Mozart: Nozze De Figaro
    Label: Naxos Historical   Catalog: 8110186-87 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Aulikki Rautawaara,  Constance Willis,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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    Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius, Sea Pictures / Sargent, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Gladys Ripley,  Heddle Nash,  Dennis Noble,  Norman Walker
    Conductor:  George Weldon,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Huddersfield Choral Society
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    Gounod: Faust / Beecham, Nash, Licette, Easton, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9010 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Robert Easton,  Heddle Nash,  Doris Vane,  Harold Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar: Cello Concerto, Dream Of Gerontius / Sargent, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 2025 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Norman Walker,  Heddle Nash,  Gladys Ripley,  Dennis Noble  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9232 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Brownlee,  Heddle Nash,  Irene Eisinger,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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    Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro Highlights / Mildmay, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9230 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Audrey Mildmay,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Roy Henderson,  Constance Willis  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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