Jablonski, Marek (Michael)

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T. Wynette and J. Dew: Stand By Your Man (New York, 1979)

D. Carlisle: Ragged but Right: the Life and Times of George Jones (Chicago, 1984)

B. Allen: George Jones (New York, 1994)


Jones, Dame Gwyneth

(b Pontnewynydd, 7 Nov 1936). Welsh soprano. She studied at the RCM and in Siena, Zürich and Geneva. Engaged as a mezzo at Zürich in 1962, she made her début as Annina (Der Rosenkavalier). After singing Lady Macbeth for the WNO, she joined the Royal Opera in 1963, singing Lady Macbeth and Octavian on tour. Established as a soprano, she made her Covent Garden début in 1964 as Leonore, then sang Leonora (Il trovatore), Elisabeth de Valois, Santuzza, Desdemona, Donna Anna, Aida, Tosca, Salome, Chrysothemis, the Marschallin and Sieglinde. The last of these was her début role at Bayreuth (1966), where she also sang Eva, Kundry, Elisabeth/Venus, Senta, and Brünnhilde in the 1976 Centenary Ring, which appeared on videotape and disc. Jones sang regularly at the Vienna Staatsoper, in Munich, Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Chicago and the Metropolitan, making her début in 1972 as Sieglinde. Her later repertory included Isolde, Ortrud, the Empress and the Dyer’s Wife, Helen (Die ägyptische Helena), Strauss’s Electra, Turandot, Minnie, and Woman in Erwartung. Her strong, vibrant lirico spinto soprano and handsome stage presence, together with total emotional and dramatic involvement in her roles, gave tremendous excitement to her performances. Her voice could, though, develop an uncomfortable beat under pressure, especially in later years; and this often detracts from the value of her recordings. She was created DBE in 1986.

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