La Cieca is delighted to congratulate Dame Gwyneth Jones, born November 7, 1936, on her diam0nd birthday anniversary. At 75, Dame Gwyneth is still active, both as the President of the Wagner Society of Great Britain and as a performer, scheduled to return to the Vienna State Opera in the spring of 2012 as Herodias in Salome.

Like many big-voiced singers, Dame Gwyneth is not always best served by studio recordings, and so La Cieca was delighted to hear from Andrew Whitfield of Opera Depot that in honor of the soprano’s birthday he has prepared a number of the soprano’s live recordings for release. Here’s a sample of prime Jones in Verdi:

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Andrew is partnering with in offering these recordings, which you may peruse (and order, if you wish) on’s special Dame Gwyneth Jones at Opera Depot page.