Sir Geraint Evans
‘Wales is the Land of Song and few embodied that more than this Knight of the Realm, born one hundred years ago’ said Tim Rhys-Evans, Director of Music.
‘From humble beginnings, Sir Geraint Evans’ enormous contribution to international opera and to the cultural life of Wales is still felt today and especially so at RWCMD where he served as President. A great voice, a great man and a great legacy!’
Considered one of the world’s greatest bass baritones, , his exceptional artistry as a singing actor made him a firm favourite with both audiences and opera houses around the world. He sang and characterised more than 70 different roles in a career that lasted for more than 40 years, , many of which are still considered to be the benchmark of performances today. He gave highly acclaimed televised masterclasses, taking young professionals through key operatic works imparting nuances that he had perfected throughout his long career.
He was renowned for his willingness to help young singers and actors and was honoured to be President of the College of Music and Drama, a post which he held at the time of his death in 1992.
Sir Geraint Evans’ enormous contribution to international opera is still felt today.
A great actor performer about whom Sir Laurence Olivier said, ‘Opera’s gain was theatre’s loss’.
Many quotes cite him as a man of the people: ‘He was the people’s star the world over, a man loved and honoured in the halls, chapels, theatres and great opera houses of the world.’
‘He’s a great Welshman who has walked with kings and still he retains the common touch’.
Sir Geraint was one of the first international opera star jet-setters, travelling the world to perform and forever linked with the roles of Falstaff and Figaro, Beckmesser and Wozzeck, to name but a few.