The spirit of Australia’s first diva returns to Canberra!

JOIN the Canberra Choral Society for a musical history tour as the fabulous Canberra lyric soprano Rachael Thoms performs songs and arias for which Dame Nellie Melba was famous. We’ll also have toe-tapping opera choruses of the period, the beautiful and moving music played at her funeral, and of course the trademark for which CCS Musical Director Tobias Cole is becoming famous – a singalong opportunity!

DAME Nellie was Australia’s first international megastar. Her takings from a 1902 Sydney concert set a world record, and no fewer than seven kings and queens attended one of her gala performances at Covent Garden. She had a voice of ‘pure crystal’, ranging over three full octaves with no discernible break, which ‘left the stage and seemed to hover in the auditorium like a beam of light’.

OUR concert will explore Dame Nellie’s contributions to music, music technology, and the history of Canberra. What song did Melba and a singalong crowd “lift above the commonplace and invest it with its full meaning?” How did Melba create a rush on crystal radio sets? What words of advice did she have for the new city of Canberra? Come along and find out!

FOR more fascinating background to the concert download our Melba Concert Program or pick up a printed copy on the night.

THE Tribute to Nellie Melba Concert will take place at 3pm on Sunday 8 July 2012, and is part of the Canberra Choral Society’s innovative Albert Hall Festival. The festival will also include a 1930s Soirée on the evening of Saturday 7 July.

TICKETS are available through Canberra Ticketing – Adults $44 / Pensioners $35 / Under 27s $15. Packages (Soirée + Concert) are also available through Canberra Ticketing.

FOR more details see our media release.

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