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to the season in advance. She was partly responsible for the break with the tradition of giving all operas in Italian; she imposed the re-engagement of Melba after her initial near-failure, and later sustained Melba’s virtual control over casting. Herself unmusical, she was fired by enthusiasm for her friends among musicians. Bibliography E. F. Benson : ‘Three Great Ladies and Others’, As we Were (London, 1930) H. Rosenthal : Two Centuries of Opera at Covent Garden (London, 1958) J. Hetherington : Melba (London, 1967)