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“One of the drawbacks of Fame is that one can never escape from it.”
“If you wish to understand me at all (and to write an autobiography is only to open a window into one's heart) you must understand first and foremost, that I am an Australian.”
“'I am Melba. I shall sing when and where I like and I shall sing in my own way.' It may sound arrogant, but arrogance of that sort is not a bad way to get things done.”
“The first rule in opera is the first rule of life ... see to everything yourself.”
“Art is not national. It is international. Music is not written in red, white and blue; it is written with the heart's blood of the composer ...”
“The eternal task of song can never be finished in a single lifetime. That is the beauty and fascination of the art. Once you begin to phrase finely, you will feel more joy in the beautiful finish of a beautiful phrase than that caused by the loudest applause of an immense audience. The latter excites for a moment; the former endures forever.”
Nellie Melba, Australian soprano
(1861 - 1931)
Real name: Helen Porter Mitchell Armstrong. Known as Dame Nellie Melba.