Heddle Nash


Heddle Nash (1896-1961), like Licette, made his début in Italy after studying in Milan with Giuseppe Borghatti, who became Italy’s leading heldentenor of his day. Nash sang at the Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and with the BNOC before also singing as a freelance artist at Covent Garden. His repertoire ranged from Rodolfo in La Bohème to Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and an incomparable David in Die Meistersinger. Nash sang at the inaugural Glyndebourne seasons and he was the leading oratorio tenor of his age. His complete recording of Elgar’s the Dream of Gerontius is the touchstone by which others are judged. He sang Faust in the first Beecham recording as well as Act IV of La Bohème under the same conductor.