Posted by Marc on December 14, 2000
In Reply to: Fat Lady Sings posted by Bruce Kahl on October 26, 2000
in wagner's Ring Cycle, the 4th instalment ends with Brunhilde singing an apostrophe that signals the end of the world and the end of a 4 opera set of performances, each of which are several hours long.
the women who sing wagnerian operas have to be quite corpulent because the notes that wagner wrote require a large build to produce. thus brunhilde is the fat lady that sings and finally brings the end to a very very very long opera.