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Nellie Melba: Ressurection

While touring America before World War I, famed opera singer Nellie Melba played Desdemona with such passion that many women in the audience burst into tears when she was strangled by Otello. If the applause was particularly persistent, Nellie would rise from her deathbed and signal for a piano to be brought onstage. She would then accompany herself for an encore by singing "Home, Sweet Home" -- with the audience joining in. Once the ovation had ceased, she would collapse again upon the bed and allow the unfortunate Otello to finish the act.

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