Theatre programme for a performance by Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba at Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday, 17th December, 1918. The programme also includes Leila Doubleday, Frances de Bourguignon and Melba's long time flautist John Lemmone. Songs and opera arias performed by Melba include: 'Air des Bijoux' from Gournod's 'Faust', 'Addio' from Puccini's 'La Boheme', 'Zeffiretti Lusinghieri' from Mozart's 'Idomeneo', 'Se Aran Rose' and 'Le Temps Lilas'.

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Eight page paper programme, cream coloured paper with brown printed type. Cover has principal text contained within a decorative oval border.


Dame Nellie Melba is one of Australia's most famous cultural icons and exports. Her operatic achievements were acknowledged both nationally and internationally and her World War I fundraising efforts earned her Dame Commander of the British Empire. These items enhance the Museum's modest collection relating to Melba by documenting her Melbourne performances. Theatre programmes of Melba's Melbourne performances are particularly significant being hard to find in the market.

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