Melva Clemaire

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Melva Clemaire, from a 1908 publication.

Melva Clemaire (1874 — April 18, 1937) was the stage name of Mellie Wilde, an American soprano singer.

Early life[edit]

Mellie M. Wilde was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Francis F. Wilde and Melvina Ganyaw Wilde. Her father, who was born in Vienna, was a veteran of the American Civil War, and a real estate lawyer.[1] She studied music with Emil Oberhoffer.[2]


Mellie Wilde made her first public concert appearance in 1895, at the Metropolitan Opera House in St. Paul.[3] Melva Clemaire toured Sweden in 1906, and sang at London's Albert Hall.[2] In 1907 and 1908 she was the featured performer touring nationally with the Bostonia Sextette Club.[4][5][6] She was described as having "a beautiful, clear soprano voice that shows fine training."[7] She also sang with the Henry W. Savage Opera Company and the Gallo Italian Grand Opera Company.[2] In 1915 she arranged for the San Carlo Grand Opera Company to perform in Minneapolis.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Mellie Wilde was a Christian Scientist.[9] She married Mark O. Graves in 1896.[10] She was widowed in 1924,[11] and she died in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1937, aged 63 years.[12]


  1. ^ Henry Anson Castle, History of St. Paul and Vicinity (Lewis Publishing Company 1912): 876.
  2. ^ a b c "Mrs. Melva M. Graves" Star Tribune (April 20, 1937): 14. via Newspapers.comopen access
  3. ^ "A Week of Music" Saint Paul Globe (April 14, 1895): 14. via Newspapers.comopen access
  4. ^ "Bostonia Sextette" Wausau Daily Herald (December 11, 1907): 1. via Newspapers.comopen access
  5. ^ "Melva Clemaire, at Home and Abroad" Musical Courier (April 1, 1908): 30.
  6. ^ "A Double Concert" The St. Johnsbury Caledonian (March 4, 1908): 4. via Newspapers.comopen access
  7. ^ "The Bostonia Sextette" Manhattan Nationalist (October 17, 1907): 1. via Newspapers.comopen access
  8. ^ [ "San Carlo Grand Opera Coming to Metropolitan" Star Tribune (December 19, 1915): 50. via Newspapers.comopen access
  9. ^ "Christian Science Practitioners" Christian Science Journal (July 1921): xxxiii.
  10. ^ "Sunday's Pioneer Press" Little Falls Weekly Transcript (April 17, 1896): 9. via Newspapers.comopen access
  11. ^ "Apartment Manager Dies" Minneapolis Star (May 16, 1924): 18. via Newspapers.comopen access
  12. ^ "Melva Graves' Funeral is Set" Minneapolis Star (April 20, 1937): 13. via Newspapers.comopen access