AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Lauded by the Seattle Times as a “passionate singing actor with a voice of considerable heft and power” and for her “fearless, thrilling high notes,” Rebecca Nash recently triumphed in her role and company debut as Senta in The Flying Dutchman with Seattle Opera. This season, she joins Theater Kiel as Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten in new production by Brigitte Fassbende. Last season, she joined Cedar Rapids Opera in her role debut as Turandot, sang performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the San Antonio Symphony, and joined both the Phoenix Symphony and Orchestra Iowa for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Nash sang her first performances of the Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Ópera de Bellas Artes at the Festival del Centro Histórico de México, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with West Green House Opera, Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with the Virginia Symphony, the title role of Káťa Kabanová with Oper Köln and Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw in her American debut with Boston Lyric Opera followed by further performances with Central City Opera. She made her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as vierte Magd in Elektra while covering Chysothemis and returned to the title for fünfte Magd in Elektra with Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting in both Boston and at Carnegie Hall. She has sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier with English National Opera, a role she later repeated, along with Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Scottish Opera. She joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Barena in Jenůfa under Bernard Haitink (available as a commercial recording), fünfte Magd in Elektra under Semyon Bychkov, and for concert performances of Daphne under Stefan Soltesz. She repeated her roles in Jenůfa with Opéra de Lyon and Elektra with Donald Runnicles conducting a concert performance at the BBC Proms. Additionally, she covered Desdemona in Otello and the title role of Jenůfa for the Glyndebourne Festival as well as the title role of Arabella and Magda in La rondine for Opera North and joined the rosters of both the New York Philharmonic and New York City Opera for Erwartung. In her homeland, she made her debut with Opera Australia as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at the Sydney Opera House.
A prolific performer of concert repertoire, she has sung Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Norrköping Sinfonieorchestra with Daniel Harding conducting and the Orchestra of the Scottish Opera; Una poenitentium in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Stravinsky’s Les Noces at the Virginia Arts Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Caramoor International Music Festival, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and Ulster Orchestra; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Kurt Masur conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Dvořák’s Mass in D also at the BBC Proms under Sir Andrew Davis; and Fauré’s Requiem with Graeme Jenkins conducting the Orchestre National de Lyon. Other concert performances for the soprano include Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Egmont and Mass in C in addition to a concert of Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Dvořák’s Requiem with the Danish Radio Orchestra, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the RTVE Madrid, Verdi’s Requiem at Royal Albert Hall and in Guilford Cathedral, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ah Perfido! with the London Mozart Players, and a program of Mozart Ensembles with Sir Roger Norrington conducting at the BBC Proms. She has also joined the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Egmont on tour in Japan, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and in Hong Kong.
She appeared at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in recital with Graham Johnson and at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Summer Evenings in the East Neuk series with Iain Burnside. She has also presented programs at the Bath Festival, St. John’s Smith Square in London, and for the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nash was the recipient of the Australia’s highest honor in singing, the Inaugural Dame Joan Sutherland Singing Award and won first prize at the Herald Sun Aria and Australia Singing Competitions. She studied at Monash University before receiving her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music in London.