Born on 14th of June 1896
Died on 14th of August 1961
William Heddle Nash was one of the great names of the 20th century English opera scene from the mid twenties until the late fifties. After service in WWI he did some concert and oratorio work, and then honed his operatic technique in Milan, developing an Italianate style retained through his career, works by Verdi, Rossini and Puccini being perhaps those he performed best. He also created the title role in Elgarís Dream of Gerontius, singing it annually at the Three Choirs festival for many years.
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