Friday, April 30, 2010
Natasha Marsh is an opera soprano from the United Kingdom. She was brought up in an intensely creative household where music was rarely off the agenda; she grew up listening to anything from Steeleye Span to Bach and Mozart via Shirley Bassey and Whitney Houston and, from an early age, decided she’d follow in Julie Andrews’ sainted footsteps into musical theatre.
An early and passionate devotee of music on stage and screen, Natasha sang in dozens of school productions, spent four years with the National Youth Music Theatre and at 17, started taking singing lessons with her (still current) music teacher. At 21 she graduated with a first in music and drama from Birmingham University and won a coveted scholarship to the Royal College of Music opera school.
Natasha made her critically acclaimed debut with Grange Park Opera singing Jacqueline in Fortunio by André Messager; she returned to sing the roles of Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Donna Elvira / Don Giovanni. She won the ‘M.O.C.S.A. Young Welsh Singer of the Year 1999’, and has since created the title role in Michael Berkeley’s new opera Jane Eyre with great success for Music Theatre Wales. Roles with a number of opera companies include Musetta in Opera Holland Park’s production of La Boheme, Micaela (Carmen) at the Royal Albert Hall and First Lady in The Magic Flute with Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens could never reach these notes. But just in case you think he wrote it:
"Morning Has Broken" is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by Eleanor Farjeon and a traditional Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol "Child in the Manger"). It is often sung in children's services. Pop and folk singer Cat Stevens included a version on his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. The song became identified with Stevens when it reached number 6 on the US pop chart and #1 on the US adult contemporary chart in 1972. [Wikipedia]
Here is a montage of sights and sounds from her 2007 tour with Il Divo
A mixture of some of the songs from Amour