A soprano spreads her wings

Nash_Rebecca.pngChitra Ramaswamy [Scotsman, 18 March 2007]
SOPRANO Rebecca Nash is talking about the first time she heard an opera. Nash grew up in Melbourne and her mother owned an old vinyl recording of the highlights from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Whenever Nash returned from school, it would be blasting out of the house. “I remember coming home and thinking ‘Oh God, Mum’s playing that annoying thing again,'” she says. “Then one day she sat me down and told me the story of Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton and I just felt a connection. Not long after that, my mum arrived home to find me playing it at full volume instead.”