Opera singer. Born of Scottish parents as Helen Porter Mitchell, near Melbourne (Australia), it was only after marriage to Charles Armstrong that her gifts were developed. After study in Paris came a brilliant début in Brussels (1887) as ‘Mme Melba’, clearly derived from her birthplace. World‐wide acclaim followed. Immensely popular and honoured as ‘Dame’ because of her work for war charities, she bade farewell at Covent Garden in 1926.
Subjects: Music — Australasian and Pacific History.