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[Melba, Nellie (Dame), Australian opera singer : theatre programmes, ephemera / held in the PROMPT Collection, National Library of Australia]
Bib ID 3000975
Format BookBook
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Description [1891-1931] 
6 boxes 

Australian performing arts programs and ephemera (PROMPT) collection

Full contents
  • Box 1: 1889-1908
  • Box 2: 1909-1915
  • Box 3: 1916-1922
  • Box 4: 1923-1924
  • Box 5: 1926-1930
  • Box 6: "A toast to Melba" memorial concerts, newsclippings, general ephemera, and "Flor de Melba" cigar box label featuring her portrait [c.1918].

Dame Nellie Melba GBE (19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, her home town. During the First World War, Melba raised large sums for war charities. She was active in the teaching of singing at the Melbourne Conservatorium, and made a legendary number of "farewell" appearances. Between 1904 and 1926 Melba made some 150 records. Her final performance at Covent Garden was in June 1926, with her last Australian performances in Sydney and Melbourne in 1927.


Filed in PROMPT Collection under Melba, Nellie, Dame.

Includes material relating to the extensive Australian and overseas career of Dame Nellie Melba.

Related Material Associated PROMPT scrapbooks, biographical files, pictures and non print materials available through the Special Collections Reading Room, National Library of Australia.  Associated JC Williamson Opera files in PROMPT Collection available through Special Collections Reading Room. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid 
Subjects Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931 -- Miscellanea.  |  Sopranos (Singers) -- Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Opera Singers -- Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Singers -- Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Theater programs -- Australia.  |  Theater programs.  |  Australian.
Other authors/contributors Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931  |  National Library of Australia  |  J. C. Williamson (Firm)
Exhibited Library's copy of endorsement for Broadwood pianos in program for a performance by Dame Nellie Melba at the Jubilee Exhibition Building, Adelaide, on Tuesday 25 February 1908 exhibited: “The Sell: Australian Advertising, 1790s to 1990s”, National Library of Australia, 23 November 2016 - 25 April 2017. 


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