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Jones, Gwyneth 1936-

Overview
Works: 400 works in 1,479 publications in 7 languages and 14,515 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Film adaptations  Music  Comedy films  Television adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Actor, Author, Interviewee, Vocalist, Other, Commentator, Musician
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Gwyneth Jones
Quartet by John Cage( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi is disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( )

43 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op.70
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1994 in 5 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story: Act I. The action unfolds on Cyprus, under Venetian rule in the 16th century. The scene is outside the castle, residence of Otello, governor of the island, facing the port. It is night. A furious storm churns the sea, and a crowd of Venetian citizens and soldiers helplessly watch while the ship of the Moor Otello desperately tries to make it into port. Only Iago, one of Otello's men, does not participate in the general apprehension for the safety of his leader: he hates Otello, because Otello has promoted Cassio captain instead of him; he meditates revenge. The crowd is jubilant as Otello finally lands safely and announces that the Turkish fleet has been defeated. When the Moor enters the castle, the fireworks start and all drink to his victory. In the midst of the rejoicing, Iago starts to weave the scheme that will lead to his commander's downfall: he treacherously insinuates to Roderigo, who had revealed to Iago his love for Otello's wife, Desdemona, that Captain Cassio also feels the same affection for the woman. Then Iago gets Cassio drunk, and incites a fight between the two men, but the dangerous duel that starts between them is stopped by Montano. However, the peacemaker is wounded by Cassio. Iago sounds the alarm, swelling the episode out of proportion until the crowd is in tumult. Called back by the shouts and noise, Otello, falsely informed by Iago, punishes Cassio and demotes him. This is a first victory for Iago, who exults
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

37 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karl Bohm's only studio version of the work was recorded in 1958. When Deutsche Grammophon originally planned to record the work, there were already two rival versions on the market: the Decca recording under Erich Kleiber and EMI's version under Herbert von Karajan. Karajan's recording was made in December 1956 and should have included Irmgard Seefried as Octavian and Rita Streich as Sophie, but in both cases cast changes became necessary: Seefried was replaced by the young Christa Ludwig, and pregnancy forced Rita Streich to withdraw. As a result, Deutsche Grammophon was able to use both these singers for its own recording exactly two years later. It boasts a wonderful cast, with the full-throated Marianne Schech as the Marschallin, Irmgard Seefried bringing a range of colour to the 'trouser' role of Octavian, Rita Streich light and exquisite as Sophie, and a rounded, lyrical portrait of Faninal from Fischer-Dieskau. The recording also reunited Bohm with his 'old' orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra often referred to as the Zauberharfe or Magic Harp for the fluent and airborne quality of its sound
Salome by Richard Strauss( )

24 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles--the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning the princess's advances. The legendary Astrid Varnay is Salome's mother, Herodias. Highlights of the score include the Dance of the Seven Veils and Salome's final monologue, one of the supreme dramatic achievements in all of opera
Parsifal : [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

48 editions published between 1970 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's mystical opera makes extraordinary demands on the conductor, but James Levine is renowned for the special affection and authority he brings to this transcendent work. The music shimmers and glows, evoking the legendary world of the Knights of the Holy Grail and the pure fool who brings healing power to the land. Peter Hofmann stars as the questing title hero, Jerome Hines sings the wise old man, Gurnemanz, and Mignon Dunn is the voluptuous Kundry, whose erotic temptations almost ensnare the young hero
Notre Dame by Franz Schmidt( )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notre Dame: Romantische Oper in zwei Aufzügen. Libretto: Leopold Wilk
Die Ägyptische Helena by Richard Strauss( Recording )

48 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deborah Voigt brings sumptuous vocalism and dramatic presence to the title role of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's re-imagination of the Helen myth. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the story is based on the premise that the Helen who came to Troy was a phantom, while the real, faithful one was spirited away. After the war, she is reunited with her husband, Menelas, sung by Torsten Kerl. Diana Damrau is Aithra, the sorceress who helps Helen regain Menelas's love, and Wolfgang Brendel sings Altair, a desert chieftain who falls in love with Helen. Fabio Luisi conducts the ravishing score
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Visual )

49 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the face of the battle, Siegmund, fathered by Wotan, discovers that Sieglinde is his twin sister. Yet, they join as man and wife. Wotan knows he must kill Siegmund for the violation of the laws of matrimony. But unable to bear the agony of the deed, he sends the Valkyrie Brunnhilde, in his place. Brunnhilde takes mercy on the two lovers. In anguish, Wotan causes Siegmund's death by shattering his sword in battle. Brunnhilde is made mortal as punishment for betraying Wotan, and he surrounds her with a wall of flame that can only be broken by a hero. A wall of flame. A portent of the fall of the Gods
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poor woodcutter's two children, lost in the woods, come upon a gingerbread house inhabited by a wicked witch
Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny = Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny by Kurt Weill( Visual )

32 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Production of the Weill/Brecht opera which depicts the consumerism of the mythical city of Mahagonny. Mahagonny is presented as a Hollywood Babylon full of pyramidal towers, carved elephants, commodified sex and licensed gluttony--Adapted from the container
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Visual )

39 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth and final music drama in Wagner's monumental Ring cycle brings to a close the adventures and fates of the chief characters. The downfall of the gods is at hand, and the ring of the curse completes its fatal mission. Seen here in the daring controversial Chéreau production at the Bayreuth Festival
Lohengrin highlights by Richard Wagner( )

8 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in German and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Visual )

30 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic opera in three acts
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Visual )

31 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sword Notung, which Mime has not been able to repair for Siegfried, is re-forged on an anvil left by Wotan. Siegfried uses it to kill Fafner and takes his helmet and the ring. He then kills Mime and, after destroying Wotan's power, frees Brünnhilde
Dame Gwyneth Jones sings Wagner by Richard Wagner( )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in German and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sibelius by Jean Sibelius( )

2 editions published in 2004 in Finnish and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

20 Lieder by Richard Strauss( )

3 editions published in 1989 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead
Gwenyth Jones by Gwyneth Jones( )

2 editions published in 2004 in Italian and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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