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Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba
GBE (19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era
Victorian era
and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, her home town. Melba studied singing in Melbourne
Melbourne
and made a modest success in performances there. After a brief and unsuccessful marriage, she moved to Europe in search of a singing career. Failing to find engagements in London in 1886, she studied in Paris and soon made a great success there and in Brussels. Returning to London she quickly established herself as the leading lyric soprano at Covent Garden from 1888
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Order Of The British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
British Empire
is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the Civil service.[2] It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V, and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female.[3] There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order. Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were at first made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions
Dominions
of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India
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Faust (opera)
Faust
Faust
is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod
Charles Gounod
to a French libretto by Jules Barbier
Jules Barbier
and Michel Carré
Michel Carré
from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part One
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Operatic Soprano
A soprano [soˈpraːno] is a type of classical female singing voice and has the highest vocal range of all voice types. The soprano's vocal range (using scientific pitch notation) is from approximately middle C (C4) = 261 Hz to "high A" (A5) =880 Hz in choral music, or to "soprano C" (C6, two octaves above middle C) =1046 Hz or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which usually encompasses the melody.[1] The soprano voice type is generally divided into the coloratura, soubrette, lyric, spinto, and dramatic soprano
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La Traviata
La traviata
La traviata
(Italian: [la traviˈaːta; traˈvjaːta], The Fallen Woman)[1][2] is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The opera was originally titled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice
La Fenice
insisted that it be set in the past, "c. 1700"
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Il Dolce Suono
"Il dolce suono" ("The Sweet Sound") is the incipit of the recitativo of a scena ed aria taken from Act III scene 2, Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
by Gaetano Donizetti. It is also commonly known as the "mad scene" sung by the leading soprano, Lucia. Lucia descends into madness, and on her wedding night, while the festivities are still being held in the Great Hall, she stabs her new husband, Arturo, in the bridal chamber
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The Musical Times
The Musical Times is an academic journal of classical music edited and produced in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and currently the oldest such journal still being published in that country. It was originally published as The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular from 1844 until 1903.[1][2] Its title was shortened to its present name from January 1904.[3] The journal originally appeared monthly but is now a quarterly publication. It is also available online at JSTOR
JSTOR
and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Full Text. Past editors include F. G. Edwards (1897–1909),[4] Harvey Grace, Stanley Sadie (1967–1987) and Eric Wen. References[edit]^ Publisher Information: Musical Times Publications Ltd. Retrieved 9 August 2009. ^ "Front Matter". The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, 1 December 1903, Vol. 44, No. 730. JSTOR 904250. ^ "Front Matter"
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Un Ballo In Maschera
Un ballo in maschera
Un ballo in maschera
(A Masked Ball) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
with text by Antonio Somma. However, Somma's libretto was itself based on the five act libretto which playwright Eugène Scribe had written for Daniel Auber's 1833 opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.[1] Scribe wrote about the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden[2] who was killed as the result of a political conspiracy against him. He was shot while attending a masked ballroom dance and died 13 days later of his wounds. It was to take over two years between the time of the commission from Naples
Naples
and planned for a production there and its premiere performance at the Teatro Apollo
Teatro Apollo
in Rome on 17 February 1859
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Paris Opera
The Paris
Paris
Opera
Opera
(French: Opéra de Paris; French:   (help·info)) is the primary opera company of France. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV
Louis XIV
as the Académie d'Opéra, and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and officially renamed the Académie Royale de Musique, but continued to be known more simply as the Opéra
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Roméo Et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette
( Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet) is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod
Charles Gounod
to a French libretto by Jules Barbier
Jules Barbier
and Michel Carré, based on Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique
Théâtre Lyrique
(Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris on 27 April 1867
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Léo Delibes
Clément Philibert Léo Delibes
Léo Delibes
(French: [klemɑ̃ filibɛʁ leo dəlib]; 21 February 1836 – 16 January 1891) was a French composer of the Romantic era (1815–1910), who specialised in ballets, operas, and other works for the stage. His most notable works include the ballets Coppélia
Coppélia
(1870) and Sylvia (1876), as well as the operas Le roi l'a dit (1873) and Lakmé
Lakmé
(1883).Contents1 Life and career 2 Compositions 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLife and career[edit] Delibes was born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, now part of La Flèche (Sarthe), France, in 1836; his father was a mailman, and his mother a talented amateur musician. His grandfather had been an opera singer. He was raised mainly by his mother and uncle following his father's early death. In 1871, at the age of 35, the composer married Léontine Estelle Denain
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Maurice Strakosch
Maurice Strakosch
Maurice Strakosch
(probably 15 January 1825 – 9 October 1887) was an American musician and impresario of Czech origin.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Notes 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Strakosch was born in Gross-Seelowitz (today Židlochovice), Moravia. He made his debut as a pianist at the age of 11 in Brno
Brno
performing a piano concerto by Hummel. Because his parents weren't satisfied with his career choice, he ran away to Vienna at the age of twelve, where he studied under Simon Sechter. He also studied singing under Giuditta Pasta for some time. In 1843, he met tenor Salvatore Patti (1800–1869) at a music festival in Vicenza. Five years later, he was tour manager of Patti group in New York. These performances started his successful career as a manager in the United States
United States
and his long-standing friendship with the Patti family
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Nicholas II Of Russia
Nicholas II or Nikolai II, Saint
Saint
Nicholas II of Russia
Russia
in the Russian Orthodox Church (Russian: Николай II Алекса́ндрович, tr. Nikolay II Aleksandrovich; 18 May [O.S
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The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times
(sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City
New York City
with worldwide influence and readership.[6][7][8] Founded in 1851, the paper has won 122 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper.[9][10] As of September 2016, it had the largest combined print-and-digital circulation of any daily newspaper in the United States.[11] The New York Times is ranked 18th in the world by circulation. The paper is owned by The New York Times
The New York Times
Company, which is publicly traded but primarily controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure.[12] It has been owned by the family since 1896; A.G
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Adelina Patti
Adelina Patti
Adelina Patti
(10 February 1843 – 27 September 1919)[1] was an Italian-French 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851, and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914
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Peter Conrad (academic)
Peter Conrad (born 1948) is an Australian-born academic specialising in English literature, currently teaching at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Conrad was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and attended Hobart
Hobart
High School. After graduating from the University of Tasmania
University of Tasmania
in 1968, Conrad went to Oxford University, UK, on a Rhodes Scholarship,[1] studying at New College. He became a fellow of All Souls College from 1970 to 1973 before taking up his current post at Christ Church
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