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Triumph, tragedy, stardom and fame
Melba is a a new Australian musical developed through New Musicals Australia. Starring Emma Matthews, the show will commence on 11 August and play right through to 9 September at Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point.
Dame Nellie Melba was born Helen Porter Mitchell at the family home Doonside at Richmond Victoria on May 19, 1861. While at Leigh School and later Presbyterian Ladies College, Nellie showed great promise playing the organ, piano and singing. Encouraged by teachers and family, Nellie took singing lessons which she continued afterwards with Pietro Cecchi, an Italian singer living in Melbourne.
Annie Aitken, Michael Beckley, Caitlin Berry, Andrew Cutcliffe, Blake Erickson, Genevieve Lemon, Adam Rennie and Samuel Skuthorp
Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. She was lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon but her life was the stuff that dreams are made of Her journey to the top was not always untroubled however. Originally from Melbourne, Melba graced the stages of opera houses across Europe. Melba charts the life of a woman who was determined to be the best in a conservative world. Melba's life was filled with triumph and tragedy, stardom and shame. It is a story that is little known beyond her stellar career.
Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded soprano and has received more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award. Matthews is a regular guest with Opera Australia, state opera companies, symphony orchestras, and major festivals.
This musical has been adapted from the book Marvelous Melba by Ann Blainey and is proudly supported by City of Sydney, Australia Council and the SBW Foundation. Get your tickets now and discover the life and magic of one of Australia's - and the world's - greatest opera performers.