The author saw Ms. Russell’s performance at Wolf Trap Farm Park in the early ’80’s. Talk about stamina – the entire last half of the program was Herself at the piano, taking the audience through the entire Wagner Ring cycle, singing all the parts herself. She’s also on YouTube…
From The New York Times: “Merely by telling the plot of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungs” in a voice laced with Edwardian-era class and postwar-era sarcasm, Ms. Russell affectionately sullied opera’s most devotional experience.
“I’m not making this up, you know,” she said when her account of the plot seemed to become particularly outrageous. That became her tag line — and the title of her 1985 autobiography.”
Check out her Amazon page.