Wales International Academy of Voice welcomes Wynne Evans


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Welsh tenor and radio presenter Wynne Evans.

Wynne and Joelene

He performed in a concert with students from the Wales International Academy of Voice, who were giving their final performance in Cardiff before completing their degrees.

Programme Director and Academy Manager Dave Taylor said: “It was such a pleasure to welcome Wynne to our concert in Cardiff. Wynne is a fantastic performer with a distinguished career both inside and outside of the opera house. It was a privilege for our students to sing alongside such a talented and charismatic singer!”  

Wynne Evans was born in South Wales and has become a household name as Gio Compario. His debut album A Song in My Heart went to the Number 1 in the classical charts. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio Wales and Classic FM. This year he has been honoured by the Eisteddfod with the title of Gorsedd of the Bards.

His operatic appearances have taken him to major opera houses in the UK and abroad. He regularly performs at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where most recent and future engagements include Vakula in The Tsarina’s Slippers, Mayor in Anna Nicole and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos. As a principal tenor with Welsh National Opera his many roles included Duca in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Tamino in The Magic Flute. He has appeared throughout the UK, with companies such as Opera North, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Classical Opera Company, Chelsea Opera Group, Opera Northern Ireland, Glyndebourne Festival, and Almeida Opera. Future operatic appearances will take him back to Welsh National Opera, as well as to Opéra de Lyon, and Grange Park Opera.

Founded by Dennis O’Neill, and now part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the Wales International Academy of Voice offers young artists a highly specialised and unique environment in which they can work with some of the best vocal technicians, coaches, visiting eminent conductors and international stars from the operatic world. It is a world-leading educational institute that prepares emerging artists for the ever-changing pace of the operatic performance industry.

In 2017, the Academy launched its first undergraduate programme. The BA Vocal Studies course is an intensive two-year programme that is industry led and vocational. It is designed to prepare young singers for further professional training by equipping them with vocal training, language skills, musicianship, stagecraft, and the vocational skills they will need to build a career in the industry.

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