The Queen of Farewells has her final farewell!

The most famous opera singer in the world, Nellie Melba, retired officially in 1926 at Covent Garden but had so many farewell tours and concerts subsequently that the sarcastic expression ‘Doing a Melba’ became a byword. This is one of those final farewells. Set in her dressing room in the space of one evening, Melba talks to her friend and writer Beverley Nichols, reminiscing about her career and her fears of growing older. A snapshot of a superstar on the cusp of old age and irrelevancy, this show is a bittersweet look at what it means for women to age in the spotlight.


CircuitWest and the Producer will provide:

  • All the performances and engagement activities
  • All the technical equipment needed to present the show
  • Marketing materials for your venue
  • Travel and accommodation for the tour party
  • An experienced Tour Manager to support this tour


You will need to:

  • Pay a subsidised presenter fee plus any royalties or licence costs
  • Provide an appropriate venue for the shows and engagement activities
  • Ensure adequate power is available
  • Meet and greet the tour party when it arrives
  • Arrange local marketing and ticket sales (with support from CircuitWest)


“A little treasure” – Stage Whispers

“A touching and funny vignette into the trials and tribulations of a diva who is perhaps past her prime but not willing to admit it” – Fourth Wall Media

“It was easy to believe that Conte was truly an internationally acclaimed soprano – her acting appeared so effortless and natural that at times, it was truly easy to forget that she was playing a role” – Isolated Nation






40+, all genders, music & opera lovers


60 minutes



Royalties for this production are 10%

Tour Party: 5
Surface: flat / solid / stage
Power: 32a
Structure: enclosed / roof
Audience: seated

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