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Jones, Gwyneth 1936-

Works: 405 works in 1,424 publications in 8 languages and 11,991 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Filmed operas  Operas  Film adaptations  Music  Comedy films  Live sound recordings  Televised operas  Nonfiction films  Television adaptations 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Actor, Author, Interviewee, Vocalist, per, Other, Musician, l4, Commentator
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gwyneth Jones
Quartet by Dustin Hoffman( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,336 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( Recording )

41 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oratorio after words from the Old Testament, Op.70
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Visual )

105 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about the making of Patrice Chéreau's daring and controversial 1976 production at Bayreuth of Wagner's cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Includes a brief history of the Bayreuth Festival from its beginning to the present
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

18 editions published between 1969 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 636 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
Die Ägyptische Helena by Richard Strauss( Recording )

42 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 359 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
Notre Dame by Franz Schmidt( )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notre Dame: Romantische Oper in zwei Aufzügen. Libretto: Leopold Wilk
Rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny by Kurt Weill( Visual )

33 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 316 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
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

36 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 311 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
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Visual )

33 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic opera in three acts
Dame Gwyneth Jones sings Wagner by Richard Wagner( )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in German and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parsifal [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

42 editions published between 1970 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 256 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
Sibelius by Jean Sibelius( )

2 editions published in 2004 in Finnish and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 202 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
Tannhäuser opera in three acts by Richard Wagner( Visual )

23 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Götz Friedrich's 1970s production scandalized the Bayreuth old guard while revealing Tannhäuser's revolutionary qualities to a new age of Wagner lovers. 'Davis's conducting is nothing short of magnificent, while the singing is truly on a festival level' (New York Daily News). 'The performances throughout are superb-- Jones is stunningly effective.' (New York Times). 'In Jürgen Rose's beautiful settings-- an excellent introduction to a new approach to Wagner's world' (Le Quotidien de Paris)"--Container
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

43 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Recording )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meeting of Siegfried with the dragon and with Brünnhilde
The making of the Ring : a documentary by Peter Weinberg( Visual )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and German and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film about Patrice Chéreau's controversial centenary production of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" produced at Bayreuth 1976-1980. Includes excerpts from rehearsals, performances, and recording sessions interspersed with various commentary. Also includes a brief history of the Bayreuth Festival from its beginnings to the mid-1980s, including archival footage and photographs
Medea by Luigi Cherubini( Recording )

22 editions published between 1967 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listen to the June 30, 1959 recorded performance of Medea at the Royal Opera House, which received raved reviews on opening day. Other versions of the Covent Garden Medea exist but ICA Classics have very carefully re-mastered some new tapes that have produced excellent sound for their period
Fidelio Oper in zwei Aufzügen by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphony no. 6 Tragic ; Symphony no. 8 : Symphony of a thousand = Sinfonie der Tausend = Symphonie des mille : E-flat major by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

4 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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