Piano, Accompanied By – Sir Landon Ronald. Soprano Vocals – Dame Nellie Melba. Matrix, Runout (On label Side A): 03049. Matrix, Runout (On label Side B): 03199.
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Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast, often served with soup and salad or topped with either melted cheese or pâté. It is named after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of Australian opera singer Helen Porter Mitchell. Its name is thought to date from 1897, when the singer was very ill and it became a staple of her diet
More farewells than Dame Nellie Melba is a familiar catchphrase among Australians, but one Melba farewell outweighed all the others. It happened on the evening of June 8, 1926: Melba’s last performance at her ‘artistic home’ – the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. While that evening was an event in itself, the auditorium packed with the great and the good including King George V and Queen Mary, it is also memorable for a different reason. The evening concluded with Acts III and IV of La Bohème (a further six sides, including the final death scene). For the Puccini, Melba needed a more extensive cast. Yet, instead of employing the existing singers in the production playing that summer at Covent Garden, Nellie reached out to three young Australians to play the students – Browning Mummery as Rodolfo, John Brownlee as Marcello and Frederic Collier as Schaunard.
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Dame Nellie Melba was the most famous woman in the world when she chose Coombe Cottage to be her Australian Home. Till August 31st Coombe will be opening the exclusive Coombe Cottage, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva. Take a step back in time and enter a world of luxury and glamour. Journey with us through Dame Nellie Melba's private boudoir. Regale in the provenance of her priceless personal affects and admire the beauty, elegance and timeless style. The grand music room has hosted many magnificent parties
and her companions leftovers. Dame Nellie Melba was one of our famous opera singers and if she were to sing as beautifully as her magpie namesake than it would always have been a grand performance. Published in Senior Chatters. A beautiful blog Syl. Thanks for sharing. We have two resident magpies live in the trees in our court Sylvester, they are so tame, they come to the doors of a morning and whistle their songs.
Dame Nellie Melba was born Helen Porter Mitchell on May 19, 1861 at "Doonside"in Richmond and changed her name to Melba as she loved her country Australia. The Nellie Melba Museum is an online guide to Dame Nellie Melba. The name Melba was a condensed version of Melbourne. Melba then invested in Coombe Cottage in Coldstream and made it her home enjoying the company of family and friends between 1909 and 1911. During that time she opened the Melba Conservatorium of Music in Richmond, for potential operatic singers of the future in which she took part in teaching students. DAME Nellie Melba will be pleased. For years her portrait has hung in the famous La Scala opera house in Italy's city of Milan. Melbourne-born, she was our first true brated diva and she sang the famous role of Lucia at La Scala in 1893.