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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cropper ...
Jon Ewing ...
John Norton
Peter Carroll ...
David Mitchell
Sid Meredith
Noel Ferrier ...
J.C. Williamson
Belle Patterson
Christopher Pate
June Bronhill ...
Annie Montagu
Elizabeth Mitchell (as Dorothy Allison)
Lady Armstrong
John McCormack
Madame Mathilde Marchesi
Comte de Paris
Julie Haseler ...
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Release Date:

1988 (Australia)  »

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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A 'must see' for opera lovers and lovers of Australian History
30 October 2015 | by See 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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