The story of an Australian girl who defied convention and became the most famous singer of her era. Growing up in Melbourne, Nellie Mitchell dreamed of fame, but her devout father disapproved. When a chance arose to go to Paris, she trusted in her musical talent and hoped for a lucky break.
Within a few years, reborn as Nellie Melba, she was performing to overflowing concert halls, hobnobbing with European royalty and collaborating with some of the most renowned composers of the age.
Audiences swooned over the 'heavenly pleasures' of her voice, while the public showed an insatiable appetite for news of her sometimes passionate private life.
Dame Nellie Melba was Australia's first international superstar. In this important biography, enhanced by new research, Ann Blainey captures the exuberance, controversy and pathos of Melba's remarkable career.
About the Author
Ann Blainey has written five biographies. The first two, THe Farthing Poet and Immortal Boy, both about nineteenth-century English writers, were praised by London reviewers. This life of Melba reflects her fascination with singing and opera. Ann Blainey has served on the council of two Australian opera companies and of the Percy Grainger Museum in Melbourne. Her previous book was Fanny and Adelaide: the Lives of the Remarkable Kemble Sisters: one sister was a famous opera singer and the other a famous actress.
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 2nd February 2009
Dimensions (cm): 21.000 x 13.800