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Dame Nellie Melba – Melba Method, 1926

This bibliography will continually evolve. The purpose of my website is to demonstrate techniques, in order to refresh my voice and prepare myself for teaching, rather than explain how to achieve the technique. Accordingly, I will refer to a book and it will be up to the reader to locate the book and read the passage for themselves. The majority of the books are available for free on the internet.


Aprile, Guiseppe. The Modern Italian Method of Singing, with a Variety of Progressive Examples, and Thirty Six Solfeggi.

Garcia, Manuel. 1970. Hints on Singing. Canoga Park, Calif.,: Summit Pub. Co.

Garcia, Manuel, Daniel James Shigo, and Hermann Klein. 2013. Hidden in Plain Sight : The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon the Famous School of Manuel Garcia. New York, NY: VoiceTalkPublications.

Guttmann, Oskar. Gymnastics of the Voice. A System of Correct Breathing in Singing and Speaking, Based Upon Physiological Laws, Etc. [Translated from the German.].

Klein, Hermann, and William R. Moran. 1990. Herman Klein and the Gramophone : Being a Series of Essays on the Bel Canto (1923), the Gramophone and the Singer (1924-1934), and Reviews of New Classical Vocal Recordings (1925-1934), and Other Writings from the Gramophone. Portland, Or.: Amadeus Press.

Lamperti, Francesco, and J. C. Griffith. 1951. The Art of Singing. Revised Edition with Translation by J. C. Griffith. New York: G. Schirmer ; London : Chappell & Co ; London printed.

Lehmann, Lilli. Lilli Lehmann Collection, 1865-1927 (Bulk 1900-1927).

—. 1914. My Path through Life. [S.l.]: G. P. Butnam’s Sons.

Lehmann, Lilli, and Richard Aldrich. 1914. How to Sing. New and rev. ed. New York,: The Macmillan company.

Lehmann, Lilli author. How to Sing.

Mancini, Giovanni Battista, and Pietro Buzzi. Practical Reflections on the Figurative Art of Singing … Translated by Pietro Buzzi.

Mane\n, Lucie. 1974. The Art of Singing. A Manual. London: Faber Music.

Melba, Nellie Dame. 1926a. Melba Method … Part One. Breathing and Other Exercises, Examples, and My Daily Exercises. Part Two. Vocalises: London: Chappell & Co.

—. 1926b. Melba Method … Part One. Breathing and Other Exercises, Examples, and My Daily Exercises. Part Two. Vocalises: London: Chappell & Co.

Salaman, Esther. 1999. Unlocking Your Voice : Freedom to Sing. 2nd ed. ed. London: Kahn & Averill.

Santley, Charles Sir. 1908. The Art of Singing and Vocal Declamation. [S.l.]: Macmillan.

—. 1909. Reminiscences of My Life. [S.l.]: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd.

Stark, James A. 1999. Bel Canto : A History of Vocal Pedagogy. Toronto ; London: University of Toronto Press.

Striny, Denes. 2011. Great Singers : An Endangered Species : How to Get Back to Mother Nature. Lanham, Md.: Hamilton Books.

Tetrazzini, Luisa, and Enrico Caruso. 1975. Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing. New York: Dover Publications.


Daniel Shigo’s website is a taonga (Māori for treasure). It is a continual source of inspiration for me.

Further Listening on Spotify

The following playlists are curated playlists. The purpose is to provide examples of fine technique. The playlists are continually evolving. Occasionally, there are some radical examples. For example, breathy singing, straight tones. Radical examples are included for discussion rather than as an example of the Old Italian Method of Bel Canto.

Coloratura Arias for Soprano
Volume One for Soprano
Volume Two for Soprano
Arias for Mezzo Soprano

Curated Spotify Playlists based on the Schirmer arias for Tenor, Baritone and Bass to follow.

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