The most spectacular aspect of the Opera collection is the Melba Stage Wardrobe donated in 1977 by Melba's grand-daughter Pamela, Lady Vestey. The Melba Stage Wardrobe contains several treasures that reflect the status of the diva, the most remarkable of which is the 'cloak of angels' [pictured], created by Jean-Phillipe Worth of Paris and worn by Melba in her role as 'Elsa' in Lohengrin.
Other Melba material includes musical manuscripts annotated by Melba's favourite composers including Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, and correspondence between the diva and her many associates.
The traditional Opera Collection also contains material regarding a number of Melba's contemporaries including Frances Saville and John Lemmone, through to performers from more recent times such as Dame Joan Sutherland and Marie Collier.
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