Nellie Melba.

A colour real photo postcard of Nellie Melba in the role of Rosina in Rossini's opera 'Barber of Seville' from the Rotary Photographic series - 1890 photo by Reutlinger of Paris.


Nellie Melba [Helen Porter Mitchell] born 19th May 1861 died 23rd February 1931 becoming Dame Nellie Melba in 1918.


The great Australian soprano had her first starring role at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, Brussels on 12th October 1887 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto and appeared the same year at Covent Garden with little success. However she sang Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor there in 1st June 1888 to resounding success.


# Charles Reutlinger [1816-1881] was the founder of one of the most prominent Parisian photographic establishments, Reutlinger Studios, which operated from 1850 to 1937. The studio became famous for its portraits of the actors, artists, musicians, composers, opera singers etc. From 1880 the studio was run by his brother Emile Reutlinger.


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Taken sometime in 1890