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Melba, Dame Nellie,

1861–1931, Australian soprano, whose name originally was Helen Porter Mitchell. After study with Mathilde Marchesi in Paris, she made her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. Famous for her lyric and coloratura roles, she sang regularly at Covent Garden in London from 1888 until 1926 and intermittently with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City from 1893 to 1910; in 1907 she performed at the Manhattan Opera House and also made appearances in Australia and many other parts of the world. She was made Dame of the British Empire in 1918.


See her autobiography, Melodies and Memories (1925).

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Among Marchesi's many famous pupils, Emma Calve and Nellie Melba provide the most famous examples of singers who applied this time tested singing method to new and vocally demanding repertoire with extraordinary success, ushering the Golden Age of Opera at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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Even her fellow sopranos Jenny Lind, Emma Eames, Minnie Hauk, and Frances Alda praised her; the young Nellie Melba (not an overgenerous soul where other sopranos were concerned) idolized her.
Thanks to technological and institutional development, the 'productivity', status and pay of a star can now be inflated far beyond the naked ambitions of a Nellie Melba or the chaste avarice of a Jenny Lind.