Nelle Richmond Eberhart (August 28, 1871 – November 15, 1944) was an American librettist, poet, and teacher.
Eberhart was born Ellen Loretta McCurdy in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of John Thomas and Cora Amelia Newton McCurdy. Her mother remarried, and at an early age Nelle, as she was known, took her stepfather's surname, Richmond. She was raised in Nebraska, where she taught school as a young woman.
Beginning in 1902, Eberhart collaborated with Charles Wakefield Cadman on many operas and art songs, including "Four American Indian Songs Op. 45" (which included "From the Land of Sky-Blue Water"), and "Shanewis" (1918), which made Eberhart the first woman librettist to have her work performed at the Metropolitan Opera. Later, she wro… Go to person page >