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Welsh soprano, Llio Evans, gained a first-class honours degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before going on to study with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice. A winner of numerous awards including Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, Dame Anne Evans Award, and the Russell Sheppard Intercollegiate Award, Llio is a British Youth Opera and Welsh National Youth Opera alumna and a former Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera where she was a recipient of the Leonard Ingrams Award.
Delayed due to COVID-19, Llio returns to Longborough Festival Opera as Melanto Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in summer 2021.
Highlights in recent season include Celia Iolanthe for English National Opera; Iris Semele for Garsington Opera; Zerlina Don Giovanni or Longborough Festival Opera; The Little One in the UK premiere of The Golden Dragon (Peter Eötvös) for Music Theatre Wales; and the soprano role in Waxwings for English Touring Opera. She also sang the soprano solo in Janáček The Danube with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Operatic roles include Clorinda La Cenerentola (HighTime Opera); Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pop-Up Opera); Yum-Yum The Mikado, Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Co-Opera Co.); and Susanna The Marriage of Figaro and Pamina The Magic Flute (Opera’r Ddraig). Roles understudied include Despina Così fan tutte and Mimi Vert-Vert (Garsington Opera); and Ilia Idomeneo (English Touring Opera).
A regular on the concert platform, highlights include Mendelssohn Elijah (St John’s Smith Square, Three Choirs Festival with Philharmonia Orchestra), Bach Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Ensemble Cymru) and Arwel Hughes’ Gweddi with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes for BBC Radio 3. Llio is also an accomplished recitalist having performed recitals for Garsington Opera, Cardiff Music Festival, Swansea Music Festival, Llandeilo Music Festival and Ensemble Cymru. Llio can be heard singing the role of Barbe on the Chandos recording of Arthur Sullivan’s, The Beauty Stone, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Zerlina / Don Giovanni / Longborough Festival Opera / 2019
“Llio Evans is a superb, enchanting Zerlina, the perfect soubrette, knowing yet artful and delightful, and a little bit masochistic.”
(Plays to See)
“Llio Evans attractive in Zerlina’s blend of innocence and provocativeness.”
(Midlands Music Reviews)
Celia / Iolanthe / English National Opera / 2018
“Llio Evans and Joanne Appleby made a delightful pair of fairies, both strong visually and vocally…”
Iris / Semele / Garsington Opera / 2017
“…her assistant Iris (the bright young Welsh soprano Llio Evans)”
“Welsh soprano Llio Evans sang with strong character as Iris.”