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. Winner of the 2009 National Biography Award. Shortlisted, 2008 Age Book of the Year Awards. 'Blainey ... writes with clarity and panache. This is an entertaining biography. Everyone should read it and be reminded of what a remarkable singer we once had in our midst.' -Sydney Morning Herald 'There have been five biographies of Melba, together with her own rather fanciful memoirs; but the present one by Ann Blainey is superior to them all.' -The Age 'Thoroughly researched, excellently written and beguilingly human biography of Nellie Melba' -Australian Book Review 'Blainey brings a freshness to the story, giving us the feeling that we are reading about a life in progress.' -Good Reading 'Welcome and timely, shedding new light on the diva' -Courier Mail 'This is a gripping story of triumph and sorrow.' -Sun-Herald 'Meticulously researched biography' -The Australian Ann Blainey is the author of I Am Melba. She has written five biographies, and her most recent biography of Dame Nellie Melba reflects her fascination with singing and opera. She has served on the council of two Australian opera companies and of the Percy Grainger Museum in Melbourne, where she lives.
Author: Blainey, Ann
Publisher: Black Inc.
Title: I Am Melba: A Biography
Pages: 00400 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2009-01-31
Category: Music : Genres & Styles - Opera
Category: Music : Individual Composer & Musician
Category: Biography & Autobiography : Women
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