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MUSIC: Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as the Marschaillin, from 'The Rosenkavalier'



December 4, 2016.

Gwyneth Jones has always been my diva, my goddess. She is widely admired for her vocal stamina, huge voice, dramatic intensity, and electrifying performances. She's still singing in her advanced years, but her voice is still tough as steel.

For your information, she had her roots in bel canto. She stayed there for a few years before moving her repertoire permanently to heavy Wagner and Strauss roles. This performance of Norma was from 1996, the only Norma that she performed and a comeback to her bel canto roots. It was pretty late in her career, but she still handles the arias very well.

My goddess just turned 80 on November 7th. She shares the same birth date with Joan Sutherland, 10 years older than her and another opera legend in the bel canto repertoire (Joan took the opposite direction, going from Wagner to bel canto). One might wonder what collaborations they could have done if they ever crossed paths and shared the same stage.

NORMA is a bel canto opera penned by Vincenzo Bellini. The tracks in this upload have been remastered/enhanced by me. This is my 80th birthday tribute to the diva. I hope you enjoy (and share) them:

1) Casta Diva (from Act 1)
2) Ah, rimembranza (closing of Act 1) - starts at 10:12
3) Mira, o Norma (from Act 2) - starts at 25:56





















Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Elektra, 1991
"I waited 20 years to sing Elektra... it is my favorite role."

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Salome, 1972

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Isolde, 1992

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as the goddess of love, Venue (1978)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Brunnhilde, 1985

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Brunnhilde, 1980

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
Gwyneth Jones as Sieglinde, 1966

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)

Gwyneth Jones sings NORMA (1996)
With Dustin Hoffman. She stars in his 2012 film 'Quartett'.


LINKS

Norma Wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_(opera)

Who is Vincent Bellini?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Bellini

Who is Gwyneth Jones?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwyneth_Jones_(soprano)

Who is Richard Wagner?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagner

Who is Richard Strauss?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Strauss



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