Welsh tenor Wynne Evans made his Royal Opera debut as Vakula in one performance of The Tsarina’s Slippers in November 2009 and has since sung Mayor of Mexia (Anna Nicole, world premiere) and Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to reprise the role of Mayor of Mexia.
Evans was born in South Wales and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He is a former principal for Welsh National Opera, for which company he has sung roles including Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen), Cassio (Otello), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La traviata) and Rodolfo (La bohème). Engagements elsewhere include Cavaradossi (Tosca) for English National Opera, Prunier (La rondine) for Opera North, Schoolmaster, Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi) and Tinca (Il tabarro) for Opéra de Lyon and Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) for Scottish Opera.
Evans presents on both BBC Radio Wales and on Classic FM. In 2010 he signed a six-album deal with Warner Music, and has released two highly acclaimed albums, A Song in My Heart (2011) and Wynne (2013). He is known to millions for playing Gio Compario in the advertising campaign of gocompare.com.
Jeremy White as Truffaldino, Wynne Evans as Scaramuccio and Paul Schweinester as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Wynne Evans and a member of the Royal Opera Chorus in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011
Wynne Evans as The Mayor of Mexia in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011