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Brunnhilde from the Ring Cycle. Here's why.

1. You have to sing in three different operas, actually. If the cycle is performed as Wagner originally intended it, then you will have to sing for three consecutive nights.

2. Brunnhilde has more lines to sing than any single character in the cycle. In Gotterdammerung, the longest opera, she has a significant role in all three acts. In Siegfried, she must wait until the last 20 minutes of the third act after she has been lying down for the better part of an hour.

3. The role of Brunnhilde requires a special voice type known as a Wagnerian soprano. No true Wagnerian sopranos currently exist. They are some of the rarest voice types and must have many years, sometimes decades, of experience before they are properly prepared for the task. There are usually only one or two of these sopranos active at the same time, and consequently, they are the first to get offered the role when a Ring cycle is produced.

4. And it ain't over 'till the fat lady sings. You'd better hold that cake until after the opera, because you have to save that third lung for the "Immolation Scene" - no, it's not a piece of cake.

Brunnhilde: the Mount Everest of opera roles?
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