in Gianni Schicchi
Now soprano Helena Leonard has put together a one-woman show about the soprano, The Nightingale of South Bank. In it, Leonard sings many of Easton's arias and tells the story of Easton's long and varied career. The show was at the Buxton Festival Fringe, though alas I missed it, but there is a review of the show here.
Easton's is a style of voice and performance which has all but disappeared today, but she gives a hint as to what early Brunnhilde's might have sounded like, super-charged lyric sopranos with clear, focussed voices.
Rita Hunter never sang Butterfly on stage, though she did record One fine day and O my beloved Daddy. And Pauline Tinsley, though she had a very wide repertoire and sang Elektra, Turandot and Brunnhilde, she made the more conventional passage from lighter to heavier roles, rather than balancing them simultaneously. In my interview with her, Claire Rutter described how she was planning both her first Elvira (I Puritani) and her first Sieglinde next year, so it will be interesting to see how things develop.