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A Toast To Melba

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A Toast To Melba
A Toast To Melba


Before La Stupenda came The Voice! Dame Nellie Melba was Australias first singing sensation, and one of the most famous Australians of her day; idolised in the theatre, mobbed on the street and known by name in even the most remote corners of the country. Soprano Lorina Gore and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra salute Dame Nellie Melba, Australias first singing sensation. Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1861, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to receive major international recognition, following her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. That first appearance (as Gilda in Rigoletto) was described by a famous German critic as "an instant triumph of the most emphatic kind, and quickly led to debuts at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and at New Yorks Metropolitan Opera. One of the undoubted stars of the Golden Age of Opera in the mid-to-late 19th century, Melba is also familiar to Australians through the dishes named after her most famously the Peach Melba, but also Melba toast and she also features on the Australian $100 banknote. Lorina Gore is a Helpmann and Green Room Award-winning soprano and has been a principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008. Her most recent credits include performing Musetta in La bohème at the Hanoi Opera in Vietnam, Roxana in Szymanowskis King Roger for Opera Australia, and her critically acclaimed performance as Ophelia in Brett Deans Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. A Toast to Melba sees Lorina reunite with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja, their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, following the success of their collaboration on a disc of Johann Strauss: Waltzes and Arias, released on ABC Classics in 2016.


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  2. GOUNOD Je Veux Vivre From Roméo Et Juliette
  3. VERDI Caro Nome From Rigoletto
  4. GOUNOD Ballet Music 1
  5. GOUNOD Ballet Music 2 From Faust
  6. GOUNOD Ah Je Ris De Me Voir Si Belle (Jewel Song) From Faust
  7. MASSENET Obéissons Quand Leur Voix Appelle From Manon
  8. GOUNOD Heureux Petit Berger From Mireille
  9. GOUNOD Ballet Music 3
  10. GOUNOD Ballet Music 4 From Faust
  11. BIZET Comme Autrefois Dans La Nuit Sombre From The Pearl Fishers
  12. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song Of The Indian Guest From Sadko
  13. THOMAS Je Suis Titania From Mignon
  14. GOUNOD Ballet Music 5
  15. GOUNOD Ballet Music 6
  16. GOUNOD Ballet Music 7 From Faust
  17. DUPARC Chanson Triste
  18. MASSENET Sevillana From Don César De Bazan
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