Rebecca Evans was born in South Wales, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Highlights in Rebecca’s 2016⁄17 season include her first Marschallin in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier for the Welsh National Opera, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Royal Northern Sinfona/Lars Vogt, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Tomáš Hanus, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Brian Wright, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn and also with the Philharmonia/Benjamin Zander and Elgar’s Spirit of England with the CBSO/Nicholas Collon.
Next season she returns to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and to the English National Opera in the title role of Rodelinda.
She has sung Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì La bohème, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Despina Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ginevra Ariodante, Despina, Ilia Idomeneo and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staaatsoper, Munich and Despina at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. At the English National Opera she has sung the title role in Rodelinda, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Romilda Xerxes and Ginevra. Her many roles for the Welsh National Opera have included Angelica Orlando, Liu Turandot, Mimì, Contessa, Pamina and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel. In the USA she has sung Susanna and Zerlina for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Susanna in Santa Fe; Pamina and Adèle Die Fledermaus for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Zerlina, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress and Adina L’elisir d’amore for the San Francisco Opera.
In concert she has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Recent highlights have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Blomstedt and with the London Symphony Orchestra/Gardiner, A Child of our Time with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Rizzi, The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra/Elder and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Accademia Santa Cecilia/Pappano.
A Grammy Award winning artist, she has recorded prolifically including Marzelline, Pamina and Gretel with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ilia with David Parry and Laila with Brad Cohen (Chandos); Nanetta with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips); a series of Gilbert and Sullivan recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras and a solo recording of Italian songs (EMI).
Rebecca is a Trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust and patron of several charities, among them Shelter Cymru, Ty Hapus and Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales.