|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. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, her home town.
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 24 May 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 8 June 1926, at a time when the opera world was undergoing a transition.
On 22 December 1882 in Brisbane, she married Charles Nesbitt Frederick Armstrong (1858–1948), the youngest son of Sir Andrew Armstrong. They had one child, a son, George, born on 16 October 1883. The marriage was not a success; Charles reportedly beat his wife more than once. Melba's marriage to Armstrong was finally terminated when, having emigrated to the United States with their son, he divorced her in Texas in 1900.
Melba was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1918. She died on 23 February 1931 at age 69 in Sydney, Australia of septicaemia which had developed after facial surgery in Europe some time before.
- associate relationship with Escoffier (born 28 October 1846). Notes: He created 4 dishes with her name
- lover relationship with Philippe, Duke of Orléans (born 6 February 1869)
- role played of/by Fitzpatrick, Kate (born 1 October 1947). Notes: 1972 TV series "Behind the Legend"
- role played of/by Munsel, Patrice (born 14 May 1925). Notes: 1953 film "Melba"
- role played of/by Te Kanawa, Kiri (born 6 March 1944). Notes: "Downton Abbey"
- Work : New Career 1887 (Operatic debut)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 May 1888 (Covent Garden appearance)
chart Placidus Equal_H.
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1893 (First U.S. appearance)
- Work : Prize 1918 (Created a Dame)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1925 (Autobiography "Melodies and Memories")
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)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Facial)
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest of seven)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International performances)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser (War charities)
- Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
- Passions : Criminal Victim : Assault/ Battery victim (Domestic violence)
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Septicaemia)
- Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Stage name)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut at six)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Pro, soprano)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Melodies and Memories")
- Vocation : Writers : How To ....
- Notable : Awards : Knighted (Dame)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book