Melba, Nellie

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Melba, Nellie Gender: F
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)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°19' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 20°39 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 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.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • 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)
  • Work : End Major Project 8 June 1926 (Last performance)
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Source Notes

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