Articles

"Acted and Sung in Italian": Catherine Hayes and Anna Bishop in Sydney, 1855-1856

During the first half of the nineteenth century, Sydney audiences had a strong preference for English opera. In 1852, the first production of Bellini's Norma stimulated interest in the new style of Italian opera, and three years later audiences were ...

Frances Saville: Australia's Forgotten Prima Donna
Australasian Music Research (1999) Vol. 4, pp. 1-32

In the late 1880s, the Melbourne soprano Frances Saville was considered second only to Melba among Australian singers. Her career had taken her from the travelling companies of the Australasian circuit to international recognition at London's Covent Garden and the ...