Two Melbas aim to raise $1m for needy singers

Two Melbas aim to raise $1m for needy singers


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2020

Holed up in Paris with husband Etienne Dupuis, the soprano Nicole Car has founded Freelance Artist Relief Australia.

Her colleague Siobhan Stagg in Berlin has pitched in: ‘We made a list of Australians based internationally who were really feeling the pinch. Not only were they out of work; they’d paid huge costs for their apartments, travel and don’t get any compensation’, she told the Age.

‘I’m in a safer position so I’m thrilled to team up with Nicole to hopefully reach our goal of $1 million,’ she says. ‘It reminds me of Nellie Melba, famous as the most successful singer of her generation, but she raised huge amounts in the First World War for soldiers’ families.’

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  • Siobhan Stagg says:

    Thanks, Norman.

    These funds will support affected Australian freelance singers currently based in Australia, as well as those living abroad.

    For anyone wishing to contribute, please visit

    THANK YOU to everyone who’s gotten behind this so far! Your contributions will make a big difference to these artists in need.