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    					  Marie Maurer 
				     Table of Contents     					  Adolph MüHlmann

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba


(1861-1931), Australian soprano from Richmond, came to the Metropolitan Opera on December 4, 1893, as Lucia di Lammermoor, and established herself in New York as one of the finest singers of the age. She usually received higher fees than any other female artist on the roster. In 1896-97, she was paid $1,600 per performance. while Calvé received $1,540: clearly, Melba had specified that hers was to be the highest female salary. She always traveled in style. Her 1900-01 contract allowed her two first-class and two second-class steamship passages with a stateroom. Traveling by railroad, she was guaranteed a "private car for her exclusive use from the Missouri River to San Francisco and return. She to supply the commisary." Of her eight seasons at the Met, 1900-01 was the last in which she appeared as a regular member of the company. Her roles then were a combination of the florid Lucia, Gilda, Violetta, and Marguerite de Valois, which first won her fame, with the more lyrical Mimì, Marguerite, and Juliette, which she continued to perform with a miraculously fresh sound until the end of her career. The first Mimì at the Met, Melba during 1900-01 sang eight performances of Bohème in New York and on tour, after some of which the evening concluded with her spectacular rendition of the Lucia Mad Scene. By then her fee was $1,850 per performance, and for forty-nine performances of opera and one Sunday-night concert she was paid $92,500.

LE CID (Infanta): Side 3/Bands 6, 9; Side 12/Band 5a(?)

FAUST (Marguerite): Side 1/Bands 2, 8, 9

LUCIA (Lucia): Side 4/Bands 5-7; Side 12/Band 4

ROMÉO (Juliette): Side 3/Band 4; Side 12/Band 2

TRAVIATA (Violetta): Side 5/Band 3

    					  Marie Maurer 
				     Table of Contents     					  Adolph MüHlmann