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Gwyneth Jones

Gwyneth Jones

Dame Gwyneth Jones made her debut at the Zürich Opera House in 1962.

She has been singing at the Royal Opera Covent Garden since 1963 and is a member of the Vienna Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 1966. She is one of the most successful and versatile opera singers in the world and has sung in all the important opera houses and festivals.

In Vienna, Munich, London, Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, she has triumphed in operas by Richard Strauss in the roles of Elektra, Salome, the Dyer's Wife in Frau ohne Schatten, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Helen of Egypt, and Ariadne.

In her Italian roles, she has been successful at La Scala Milano, Rome, Arena of Verona, Maggio Musicale Firenze in operas by Verdi such as Aida, Leonora Il Trovatore, Elisabetta Don Carlo and Lady Macbeth and operas by Puccini as Turandot, Tosca, La Fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly. At the Bayreuth Festival she has sung Sieglinde, Eva, Senta, Kundry, was the first singer ever to sing both Elisabeth and Venus (Tannhäuser) there, and was the Brünnhilde in the famous (Boulez/Chèreau) centenary Ring des Nibelungen.

She has worked with great conductors like Abbado, Bernstein, Böhm, Boulez, Maazel, Muti, Ozawa and Solti and with stage directors such as Chèreau, Hartmann, Kupfer, Ponnelle, Ronconi, Visconti and Zefirelli.

Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II appointed her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1986. She was awarded the Shakespeare-Prize in Hamburg, the Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Golden Medal of Honour in Vienna, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in France, the Premio Puccini Prize in Torre del Lago, is Kammersängerin in Austria and Bavaria and is Dr. h.c. of the Universities of Wales and Glamorgan.

In 2003 she made her debut as Stage Director, with a New Production of Der Fliegender Holländer, Richard Wagner in the Deutsches National Theater, Weimar and has given master classes in Great Britain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Israel.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2013.

Gwyneth Jones Facts

BirthdayNovember 7, 1936 (86)
Birthplace Pontnewynydd, Wales, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Jefferson In Paris
Dance Flick
The Leonard Bernstein Concert Collection
Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung
Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
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