"Covent Garden came to town and I saw the great Flagstad in Tristan. To my regret, I can't remember what she sounded like, just that she looked so wonderful, and although I longed to get into an opera company I never for a moment imagined that I would sing Wagner. I hoped to sing Gilda and Butterfly, but something like Isolde was for the goddesses of the profession."

(Hunter, Rita in H. R. London 1986, S. 40)