Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monaco 2016 - Opera Singers - Nellie Melba

ISSUE DATE: 19 May 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 31.77 mm
ENGRAVING: Yves Beaujard
STAMP DESIGN: Sophie Beaujard

Born in Richmond in 1861, Nellie Melba, whose real name was Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian coloratura soprano. A gifted young pianist and organist, she made her operatic début as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Brussels in 1887, taking Melba as her stage name in memory of the city of Melbourne. 

The extent of her range and the versatility and purity of her voice, combined with her stage presence, made Nellie Melba one of the divas of her era. Along with Adelina Patti, she was one of the first singers to have her voice recorded on phonograph. The stamp depicts Melba in the opera Hélène by Camille Saint-Saëns, created in Monte-Carlo in 1904. 

Stamp images and description thanks to:
OETP - Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste

OETP - Monaco Post