Bust-length photograph of the noted soprano, signed in full "Nellie Melba 1905."
by MELBA, Nellie 1861-1931
"Australian soprano Nellie Melba, born Helen Mitchell... studied in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi and made her operatic début on 13 October 1887 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, as Gilda; in the following year she appeared at Covent Garden as Lucia and at the Paris Opéra as Ophelia. Her rare beauty of tone and finish of technique created an instant stir, and these virtues soon began to be matched by equivalent qualities of taste and musicianship... Melba's Lucia in 1893 began an association with the Metropolitan Opera that lasted irregularly until 1910; she also sang for Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company and in Chicago, and organized occasional operatic seasons in Australia... Her name became commercially valuable, and both peach melba and melba toast were named after her. She was created DBE in 1918 and after her retirement from the stage became president of the Melba Memorial Conservatorium in Melbourne." Desmond Shawe-Taylor in Grove Music Online.. In formal attire in oval format laid down to mount 160 x 103 mm.Slightly worn; upper right corner bumped, with loss to mount reinforced with tape; annotations to verso, trimmed. (Inventory #: 23954)
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