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American Wagnerian soprano Minnie Saltzman-Stevens (Bloomington, IL: 1874 - IL:1950) as Sieglinde. On the recommendation of her vocal instructor, Jean de Reszke, her debut (1909) came as Brünnhilde in an English version of the Ring cycle at Covent Garden. She performed at the Bayreuth Festivals of 1911 and 1913. World War I shortened her European tour. She returned home and retired from the stage.