Personalities | Nellie Melba | Turn of the Century | Opera

1861–1931, Australian

Melba made her debut in Brussels in 1887 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie and the following season sang at Covent Garden and the Paris Opéra. She sang Lucia at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1893, which began an intermittent relationship that lasted until 1910. Her musical mainstay, however, was Covent Garden. Melba was admired particularly for her consistent beauty of tone in all registers of her voice and for her virtuosity. It is said that two dishes are named after her: peach Melba, created for a party in her honour at the Savoy in London in 1892, and Melba toast, a particularly thin, dry toast she requested when ill in 1897.

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