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Llio Evans

Soprano

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.

In the current season engagements Modestina Il viaggio a Reims for English Touring Opera, her return to Opera Holland Park as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, and Nuria (cover) Ainadamar for Scottish Opera.

Highlights in recent season include Celia Iolanthe for English National Opera; Josephine in HMS Pinafore for Opera Holland Park; Iris Semele for Garsington Opera; Beatrice in the UK premiere of Three Decembers for Opera della Luna at Wilton’s Music Hall; Melanto Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Zerlina Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera; and performing as the soprano soloist in Janáček The Danube with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Other notable appearances include The Little One in the UK premiere of The Golden Dragon (Music Theatre Wales); 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.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Llio Evans worldwide

Reviews

Josephine / HMS Pinafore / Opera Holland Park / 2022
“As Josephine, Llio Evans balances comedy and potential tragedy skilfully in an entirely accomplished interpretation whose highlight is her grand-scale vocalism in her big Act II aria.”
(The Stage)

“Llio Evans captures the girlishness of Josephine but also her growing maturity, blooming with smashing glossiness in her big numbers which are crowned with wonderfully ringing top notes.”
(Opera Today)

“The beloved Josephine was sung by Llio Evans with plenty of lyrical strength, and she was most effective in her cool appraisal of her marriage prospects—you could almost hear the cogs of opportunity turning.”
(Opera)


Beatrice / Three Decembers / Opera della Luna at Wilton’s Music Hall / 2022
“Llio Evans is also excellent as the outwardly perky yet inwardly miserable Bea.”
(The Stage)

“The soprano Llio Evans was clear and bright in Beatrice’s high-lying lines…”
(Opera)


Melanto / Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria / Longborough Festival Opera/ 2021
“Llio Evans’ beautifully drawn Melanto”
(iNews)

“Llio Evans brought a fierce sensuality to good-time gal Melanto…”
(Opera)

Videos

News

English Touring Opera

4, 18, 25, 28 Mar | 1, 14, 22, 29 | 6, 13, 27 May 2023

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny
Director: Valentina Ceschi

Opera Holland Park

9, 10, 11, 12 Aug 2023

Sullivan: Ruddigore
Conductor: David Eaton
Director: John Savournin

 
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