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To be a Dramatic Soprano requires not so much the attributes of a singer, as those of a successful auctioneer or hog-caller. To blast your way through a Wagnerian orchestra, for instance, a beautiful tone is an absolute waste of time. You're much better off with the factory-whistle or buzz-saw type voice. With a good cutting edge.
As Russell pondered the complex family relations of Wagner's doomed and addled Siegfried and followed him from the rock of Brunnhilde to the palace of Gutrune, she paused to note that Gutrune is "the only woman that Siegfried's ever come across who wasn't his aunt. I'm not making this up, you know!" The line became her catchphrase and the title of her 1985 autobiography.
Her amazing 30-minute comedic distillation of Wagner's 20-hour opera cycle "The Ring"