|Birthname||Mitchell, Helen Porter|
|born on||19 May 1861 at 18:50 (= 6:50 PM )|
|Place||Melbourne, Australia, 37s49, 144e58|
|Timezone||LMT m144e58 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||28°19' 20°39 Asc. 29°16'|
Australian soprano coloratura, considered one of the greatest of the golden age of opera, as well as one of its more cantankerous personalities. An outstanding diva, she sang in Italy, Russia, Denmark and England.
Born Helen Porter Mitchell in a Melbourne suburb, she first sang at the age of six, and made her operatic debut in 1887 as Gilda in "Rigoletto." On 5/24/1888, she made her first appearance at Covent Garden in London, an association which lasted for 38 years. She made her American debut in 1893 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and made her farewell performance on 6/08/1926, at a time when the opera world was undergoing a transition.
Melba was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1918.
She died on 2/23/1931 in Sydney, Australia.
- lover relationship with Philippe, Duke of Orléans (born 6 February 1869)
- Work : New Career 1887 (Operatic debut)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 May 1888 (Covent Garden appearance)
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- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1893 (First U.S. appearance)
- Work : Prize 1918 (Created a Dame)
Gwen Stoney quotes John Hetherington, "Melba," p.1, "Her mother lay with her baby on her arm as the sound of church bells floated through the window on the evening air." Stoney calculated the time as between 6:40 and 7:00 PM. Same date given in encyclopedias.
(Formerly, John Romiser in gave 1860, 7:40 AM in World Astrology 5/1946. PC quotes Romiser for 10:30 AM.)
- Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited (Difficult, diva)
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International performances)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut at six)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Pro, soprano)
- Notable : Awards : Knighted (Dame)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book