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Past Exhibition of the Month - June 2011

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Postcard by the Rotary Photo Company, London, c.1900 after a photograph by Reutlinger, Paris. Melba with her friend John Gorman Ford. Photograph by Numa Blanc fils, Monte Carlo, [1904]. Melba is shown in her costume as Helen of Troy in Saint-Saëns's opera Hélène first performed in Monte Carlo, 18 February 1904. Lady Gladys de Grey, later Marchioness of Ripon (1859-1917). Souvenir of the Performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 4 July 1893. Melba and the de Reszke brothers formed a legendary trio, active at Covent Garden and elsewhere from 1888 to 1900. Gala programme, 7 July 1903. Gala programme, 11 June 1907. Melba's celebrated partnership with Caruso lasted from 1902 to 1913. Gala programme, 27 May 1908. Programme, 7 May 1910. Programme, 8 May 1921. Melba sang arias from Faust, La Bohème and  Sadko, and songs by Tosti and Rachmaninov. Advertisement from programme of  17 May 1910 above. Melba Method. London, 1926.