Marvelous Melba : the extraordinary life of a great diva (Book, 2009) [WorldCat.org]
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Marvelous Melba : the extraordinary life of a great diva

Author: Ann Blainey
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nobody sings like Melba, and nobody ever will, proclaimed the impresario Oscar Hammerstein in 1908. Like many others of his time, he considered her the world's greatest singer. The wild acclaim showered on her by American fans led to the coining of the word Melbamania. Year after year she toured America on the Melba train, bringing opera and concerts to out-of-the-way cities and towns; thanks to the new gramophone,  Read more...
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Named Person: Nellie Melba
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Blainey
ISBN: 9781566638098 1566638097
OCLC Number: 938028565
Description: 390 s., [6] plates -bl. : illustrations
Responsibility: Ann Blainey.

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Nobody sings like Melba, and nobody ever will, proclaimed the impresario Oscar Hammerstein in 1908. Like many others of his time, he considered her the world's greatest singer. The wild acclaim showered on her by American fans led to the coining of the word Melbamania. Year after year she toured America on the Melba train, bringing opera and concerts to out-of-the-way cities and towns; thanks to the new gramophone, she could also be heard in the remotest locales. Ann Blainey's life of Nellie Melba tells the story of a woman who - in an era when no woman was prime minister, chief justice, head of a church or financial firm, or a universal film star - became perhaps the most famous woman in the world. Marvelous Melba punctures many of the myths surrounding Melba's life and career, and offers a new portrait of the great diva.

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Lasting value to opera history as a whole. Midwest Book Review

 
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