The End of the Great Big American Voice

By ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 13 November 2005]
IN March, Jennifer Wilson, an unknown 39-year-old soprano, suddenly burst onto the international opera scene by jumping in for Jane Eaglen as Br¸nnhilde in Wagner’s “Gˆtterd‰mmerung” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, just a day after singing the same character in a rehearsal of “Die Walk¸re.” Artistry aside, this is a stunning athletic feat. Few people today have the vocal heft and stamina to get through even one of these roles, let alone take on both back to back.