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CHAN 10286 - Gwyneth Jones: Wagner Arias
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Available From: 10 January 2005
Born in 1937 in Pontnewynydd in Wales, Gwyneth Jones studied at London’s Royal College of Music, Sienna and Zurich. She was later was a student of Dame Eva Turner, learning from her the role of Turandot that was to become the greatest triumph of the latter part of her career.

Gwyneth Jones made her professional debut as a mezzo-soprano in 1962 in Zurich and her early career centered around the Italian repertory. In 1964 she replaced an ailing Leontyne Price as Leonara in Covent Garden’s production of Trovatore and became an overnight success. Later she sang Verdi’s Leonora, Elisabeth de Valois, Aida, and Desdemona; Mozart’s Donna Anna; Mascagni’s Santuzza; Puccini’s Tosca; Strauss’ Marschallin, Salome, and Chrysothemis, but it wsa her Wagnerian roles for which she was most celebrated, working her way up through Norns and Rhinemaidens through Gutrune and Sieglinde all the way to one of the greatest Brünnhildes of the postwar era.

She continued to add roles to her already vast repertory, which today also includes Wagner’s Isolde and Ortrud; Strauss’ Empress, Dyer’s Wife, Agyptische Helena, and Elektra; Puccini’s Turandot and Minnie; and Schoenberg’s Woman in Erwartung, so that now she has taken all the leading dramatic soprano roles.

Gwyneth Jones is a Kammersangerin of both the Vienna and Bavarian Operas. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1986. Other honours bestowed upon her include the German Cross of Merit, and the Presidency of the British Wagner Society.


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