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Latest update on 09/06/2012

Artist: Dame Nellie Melba
Author: Giuseppe Verdi/Francesco Maria Piave
Label: Gramophone Melba
Year: 1904

At her home in London, supervised by Fred Gaisberg. Soprano part in the first act, second scene of Verdi's opera Rigoletto (1851), based upon Victor Hugo's stageplay The King Drinks. This is the part where Gilda, the Count of Mantua's daughter, laments theatrically for minutes over unreachable love. Critics shunned her sobbing for its shameless and vulgarising cheapness. Gilda was the part that launched her in 1887 at the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels. First Gilda: Teresa Brambilla at La Fenice in Venice.

Covers:

1906:

Bessie Abbott

1908:

Graziella Pareto [for Gramophone]

1912:

Selma Kurz

1914:

Lidia Lipkowska

1917:

Maria Ivogün

1954:

Tony Martin [in Here]

1956:

Lloyd Price [melody in Just Because]

1966:

Peels [diva shouts in Juanita Banana, with a storyline about a Mexican singer with diva aspirations; n°1 B]

1966:

Henri Salvador [French version Juanita Banana; top 10 Fr]

1966:

Quartetto Cetra [Italian version]

1966:

Cocktail Trio [NL-version; hit NL]

1966:

Terry Scott

1967:

Freddie & The Dreamers

1971:

Joan Sutherland [with a young Luciano Pavarotti as her father]

1973:

Tiny Tim

In French film Le Goût des autres, the confusion between this aria and the Peels hit stands for the gap between fine arts and pop.

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