Legendary soprano Dame Nellie Melba was born Helen Porter Mitchell in Melbourne in 1861. She began her stage career in Brussels in 1887 and triumphed two years later at London’s Covent Garden in ‘Romeo et Juliette’. From that date onwards, she appeared regularly at Covent Garden and the New York Metropolitan Opera, becoming one of the highest paid singers of the day.
In 1904 she began a recording career and her records are said to have helped establish a market for the gramophone. She spent Wor...
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