You've all heard the cliché, "The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." Kirsten Flagstad was that fat lady. But she probably wouldn't get a second look today at a casting call for fat ladies. Over-fed Americans have so surpassed her now that she appears almost trim.
But check out that voice! Like a laser beam. Still regarded as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of all time. This is the only movie footage I have ever seen of Flagstad. Includes spear and magic helmet!