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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Nellie Mitchell Armstrong 'Melba'
Hugo Weaving ... Charles Armstrong
Jon Ewing Jon Ewing ... John Norton
Peter Carroll ... David Mitchell
Tom Burlinson ... Sid Meredith
Noel Ferrier Noel Ferrier ... J.C. Williamson
Nell Schofield ... Belle Patterson
Christopher Pate Christopher Pate
June Bronhill June Bronhill ... Annie Montagu
Dorothy Alison ... Elizabeth Mitchell (as Dorothy Allison)
Googie Withers ... Lady Armstrong
Simon Burke ... John McCormack
Joan Greenwood ... Madame Mathilde Marchesi
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Comte de Paris
Julie Haseler Julie Haseler ... Annie Box


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1988 (Australia) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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A 'must see' for opera lovers and lovers of Australian History
30 October 2015 | by carlatcowraSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this mini-series and have it on DVD.

This is the story of Dame Nellie Melba (Helen Porter Mitchell) - the Melbourne girl who went on to conquer the world's opera stages from London, Paris, New York, Russia & South America ... and all over!

Whilst Yvonne Kenny's voice is not ideal to be Melba's voice (she is a fine singer though - how wonderful it would have been to have been able to use the voice of Dame Joan Sutherland! :) ) Linda Cropper is a wonderful actress and so many fine performances that take you through the halcyon years of this famous Australian - who was as famous as Sir Donald Bradman - and helped put Australia on the map internationally - especially on the operatic stage.

The five and a half hours pass quickly with high production values and many musical highlights. Take a look at the full cast on IMDb - a great line up of both Australian and international talent.

I recommend this for enjoyable viewing especially if you like a good historical costume drama - based on the real life of a great Australian.

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