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Born London, 30 March 1928.

Died London, 29 September 1994.

English baritone.

John Heddle Nash was the son of the lyric tenor Heddle Nash, one of the leading British singers of his generation.  He studied with him and in London at the Guildhall School of Music under Walter Hyde and Norman Walker, first appearing at the Proms in 1951.   After his debut with Carl Rosa in 1953 he spent several seasons touring with them before joining Sadler’s Wells.  His repertoire consisted mainly of lighter roles - Mozart,  Rossini,  Johann Strauss and  Lehár.  He did also perform some heavier parts, including Gounod (Valentin), Bizet (Escamillo) and Puccini (Lescaut, Marcello).

After leaving the Wells company, he appeared in concerts of opera and operetta all round the UK, singing the Viennese classica as well as Gilbert and Sullivan.  He was renowned for the clarity of his diction, as can be heard in Sadler's Wells recordings, including Falke in Die Fledermaus (excerpts) and Pish-Tush in The Mikado.

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