Melba’s Farewell
Dame Nellie Melba
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828093
Barcode
00028948280933
Format
1-CD
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MELBA’S FAREWELL
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 8 June 1926
GIUSEPPE VERDI: Otello (excerpts)
GIACOMO PUCCINI: La bohème (excerpts)
Address by Lord Stanley of Alderley
Dame Nellie Melba’s Farewell Speech

EARLIER STUDIO RECORDINGS – OPERA
CHARLES GOUNOD: Faust (excerpts)
BEMBERG: Elaine: L’amour est pur comme la flamme
JULES MASSENET: Don Cézar de Bazan: À Séville belles Señoras
GIACOMO PUCCINI: Tosca: Vissi d’arte (Act II)
ANTONIO LOTTI: L’infedeltà punita: Pur dicesti, o bocca, bocca bella
Distance tests Vocalises on phrases from Thomas’ Hamlet Mad Scene

EARLIER STUDIO RECORDINGS – SONG
PAOLO TOSTI:
La serenata
Goodbye
RONALD: The Sounds of Earth Grow Faint (No. 4 from ‘Four Impressions’)
BURLEIGH: Jean

MELBA’s LAST RECORDING
TRADITIONAL (arr. Burleigh): Swing low, sweet chariot

Dame Nellie Melba, soprano
with associate artists

Recording information

Transfers, Audio Restoration and Digital Remastering: Roger Beardsley for Historic Masters and Brian Slade for Historic Singers Charitable Trust

Reviews

‘The youthful purity and freshness of tone revealed in these records is astonishing,’  Opera magazine, February 1955

‘The amazing thing is that she could still sing with power authority and almost the quality of her best years, at the age of 65…’  Gramophone, September 1961