Nellie Melba

John Hetherington
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Nellie Melba

Published

31 August 1991

ISBN

9780522846973

Pages

326

Weight

490g

Size

231mm x 160mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Nellie Melba

John Hetherington
Relentlessly candid yet sympathetic study of Nellie Melba — the great prima donna of the Golden Age of Grand Opera.
It wasn't enough for Melba to become one of the greats of the Golden Age of Grand Opera. She wanted to be the greatest. her glorious voice took her to the top; her ruthless determination to overthrow any rival kept her there long after the voice had begun to decline. Revealed in this relentlessly candid yet sympathetic study is Melba the drama queen, the monstrous prima donna, the canny businesswoman, the generous and kindly friend, the unique star who refused to fade.

'There are lots of duchesses but only one Melba' — Nellie Melba
It wasn't enough for Melba to become one of the greats of the Golden Age of Grand Opera. She wanted to be the greatest. her glorious voice took her to the top; her ruthless determination to overthrow any rival kept her there long after the voice had begun to decline. Revealed in this relentlessly candid yet sympathetic study is Melba the drama queen, the monstrous prima donna, the canny businesswoman, the generous and kindly friend, the unique star who refused to fade.

'There are lots of duchesses but only one Melba' — Nellie Melba

John Hetherington

John Hetherington was a journalist, military historian and autobiographer. Between 1945-1949 he was the editor in chief of the Adelaide news . In 1954 he joined the Age writing a column ‘Collins Street Calling’. He published his first biography Blamey in 1954 and followed to write a multitude of other memoirs and biographies including Melba , which won the 1968 Sir Thomas White prize for biography.

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