Nellie Melba, a Contemporary Review

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NELLIE MELBA

A CONTEMPORARY REVIEW

Compiled with notes and discography by William R. Moran

Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance, Number 5

Opera Biographies

GREENWOOD PRESS

Westport, Connecticut London, England

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xix
  • AN OVERVIEW 1
  • NELLIE MELBA 3
  • MELBA'S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF 1898 31
  • MELBA BEFORE MARCHESI 39
  • WHO WAS THE REAL TEACHER OF MELBA? 41
  • SIGNOR PIETRO CECCHI 57
  • MELBA AFTER MARCHESI 65
  • WORDS FROM BERNARD SHAW 67
  • AÎDA? BRÜNNHILDE? HOW BIG WAS THE MELBA VOICE? 73
  • LA CALUNNIA 81
  • MME. MELBA'S CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL, DECEMBER 18, 1903 95
  • OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AND HIS WAR WITH THE METROPOLITAN OPERA 99
  • LA BOHÈME AT THE MANHATTAN OPERA HOUSE 123
  • THE MELBA REPERTOIRE 125
  • VIEWS ON MELBA BY HER CONTEMPORARIES 127
  • NELLIE MELBA 129
  • MELBA AND BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MELBA 135
  • MME. MELBA SINGS IN CARNEGIE HALL, OCTOBER 21, 1913 141
  • ABOUT MELBA AND MORE ABOUT MELBA 147
  • NELLIE MELBA 157
  • MELBA, THE AUSTRALIAN NIGHTINGALE 165
  • THE MERRY PIPES OF PAN 169
  • PREME DONNE 173
  • THE MEANEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD 183
  • ON VARIOUS CELEBRITIES 189
  • ENTER BEVERLEY NICHOLS 195
  • A MEMORY--AND SOME SONGS. 197
  • MELBA; OR, NEVER AGAIN 203
  • A VOICE THERE BREATHED AND EVENSONG 207
  • INTERVIEWS 227
  • MELBA LOOKS BACK ON MAGIC MOMENTS IN HER GREAT CAREER 229
  • MELBA ON LIFE AFTER DEATH: "THE TRUE, ETERNAL ME" 233
  • MELBA'S INDICTMENT: "OUR MUSICAL REPUTATION A MYTH" 235
  • WHERE IS HAPPINESS? IS IT IN FAME? 237
  • THE DEATH OF NELLIE MELBA 241
  • THE ART OF MELBA 243
  • MELBA'S VOICE 247
  • MELBA'S ART OF SONG 249
  • MELBA'S WILL 253
  • MELBA'S CAREER A LONG SUCCESSION OF TRIUMPHS 255
  • POST-MORTEM 263
  • NELLIE MELBA 265
  • PEN SKETCHES 271
  • MELBA'S FAREWELL AT COVENT GARDEN 275
  • HOW I SANG WITH MELBA 281
  • MELBA'S LAST VISIT TO COVENT GARDEN 287
  • PERCY PITT ON MELBA AT COVENT GARDEN 289
  • AT THE N.S.W. CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 293
  • FINDING ANOTHER MELBA 297
  • MELBA'S GEESE WERE NOT SWANS 303
  • THE LAST OF THE BOHEMIANS 309
  • MELBA 313
  • OPERATIC HIGHS AND LOWS 321
  • AS THEY REMEMBERED HER 333
  • MELBA REVISITED 351
  • MELBA'S ADVICE ON THE A OF SINGING 365
  • ADVICE ON THE SELECTION OF MUSIC AS A PROFESSION 373
  • ON THE SCIENCE OF SINGING 379
  • LECTURE ON DICTION 389
  • DAME NELLIE MELBA: HER METHODS EXPLAINED 393
  • THE MELBA METHOD 413
  • THE RECORDINGS OF NELLIE MELBA 425
  • MELBA'S LONDON RECORDINGS 433
  • MELBA AND I 441
  • DISCOGRAPHY: THE MELBA RECORDINGS 465
  • NOTES ON THE RECORDINGS 471
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 473
  • Index 481
  • About the Compiler 493
  • Recent Titles in Opera Biographies, a Subseries of Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance 495
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