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Plaque commemorates the birthplace of Helen Porter Mitchell (Dame Nellie Melba).

Melba made her début as an opera singer at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, on 13 October 1887. She was an immediate hit as Gilda in Rigoletto, a daughterly role for a 26-year-old . Subsequently she appeared in La Traviata and in Lucia di Lammermoor; then, on 24 May 1888, sang Lucia at Covent Garden. It was not a conspicuous success however she had found an ally at Covent Garden in the influential Lady de Grey.

Acclaimed by press and public alike, she appeared at Covent Garden with Jean and Edouard de Reszke in Roméo et Juliette. In 1909 she embarked on a `sentimental tour` of Australia: she covered 10,000 miles (16,093 km), appearing in many remote towns. The further she toured, the deeper seemed the adulation: there were banquets, speeches, even small crowds at wayside stations.  In 1926 Melba returned to England and gave a series of farewell appearances. She had announced her retirement in 1924 but was still singing at overseas venues in 1930. She died on 23 February 1931.


Address:Doonside & Burnely Streets, Richmond, 3121
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.814404
Long: 145.009358
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:19-May-1861
Actual Event End Date:19-May-1861


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Dame Nellie Melba was born on this site on May 19 1861

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