Wynne Evans

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This article is about the Welsh tenor. For the similarly named Anglican Bishop of St David's, see Wyn Evans.
Wynne Evans
Born James Wynne Evans
(1972-01-27) 27 January 1972 (age 42)
Carmarthen, West Wales
Occupation Tenor
Known for Gio Compärio
Spouse(s) Tanwen Evans (1999–present)
Children Ismay Evans
Taliesin Evans
Number 1 Album

Wynne Evans (born 27 January 1972) is a Welsh tenor. Known for his role as the tenor Gio Compario in the Gocompare.com insurance adverts on television in the United Kingdom, he sang, as Ubaldo Piangi, in the 25th Anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall.[1][2] He also responded to the New Zealand All Blacks' Haka in 2004, singing 'Cwm Rhondda'.[1] He went on to sing at over 30 Welsh International rugby matches.[1]

Opera singer[edit]

Born in Carmarthen, West Wales, Evans studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.[1]

In late 2011, Wynne was cast as the opera singer Ubaldo Piangi, in the 25th Anniversary celebratory production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall[3]

Evans enjoys a close association with Welsh National Opera[4] where his roles include Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore,[5] Cassio in Otello (S4C Broadcast),[6] The Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La traviata, Jaquino in Leonore (BBC Broadcast), the Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, the Chevalier in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, the First Jew in Salome (S4C and BBC Broadcast), Liberto in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.[1]

He made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Vakula in the new production of Cherevichki.[1] In 2011 Evans sang Mark-Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

For Opera de Lyon he has sung Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro and Cunning Little Vixen For English National Opera Evans has sung Alfredo in La Traviata, Spoletta and Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Second Jew in Salome. For Opera North he has appeared as Fenton in Falstaff, Prunier in La Rondine and Paulino in The Secret Marriage. For Scottish Opera his roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier. For Grange Park Opera he has performed the roles of Trufaldino The Love for Three Oranges the Italian Tenor Capriccio the Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen and Harry in La fanciulla del West.[6] For the Classical Opera Company Evans sang the role of Fracasso in La finta semplice. Other credits include Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Holland Park and The Peacock in Param Vir’s Broken Strings for the Almeida Theatre, which was recorded for the BBC.[1]

Concert singer[edit]

As a concert singer Evans' appearances include Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music at the televised opening night of the 2001 BBC Proms, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for RTE, Elgars’s The Dream of Gerontius at the Welsh Proms, the Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and a recital at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Evans sings as a soloist on three CD volumes entitled ‘Here Come the Classics’[7] with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has recorded Salome and Ariadne auf Naxos for Chandos Records[8] and has appeared several times on the BBC's Friday Night is Music Night.[1][9] He also presents on BBC Radio Wales with his brother, Mark Evans, and was awarded the MstJ by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.

Recording Artist[edit]

In 2010 Evans signed a 6 album deal with Warner Music; his first album is called A Song in My Heart and was released on 21 March 2011. The album went straight to No 1 in the classical album charts in the following week.[10]

Television & Radio[edit]

Since 2009 Evans has starred in an advertising campaign for one of the UK's leading insurance comparison websites, Gocompare.com, playing the flamboyant, operatic tenor Gio Compario.[11] He also appeared in a special version which was part of the 2010 Channel 4 Comedy Gala raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in which comedian Jimmy Carr grabbed him by the testicles, causing him to sing in an even higher note.

In 2012, GoCompare launched the 'Saving The Nation' campaign starring Evans again as Gio Compario. Evans made adverts in the series with Sue Barker, Stuart Pearce, Ray Mears, Louis Spence, and most famously Professor Stephen Hawking with all of them trying to kill him and thus save the nation from his singing about GoCompare.

In 2011, Evans began presenting. He presented a programme about the Eisteddfod for the BBC and his own TV show on S4C. In 2012, Evans became a regular presenter on BBC Radio Wales. Since October 2013 Evans now presents a regular Friday afternoon show called 'Wynne Evans' Big Welsh Weekend'

Evans was also one of eight celebrities chosen to participate in an intense week of learning Welsh at a campsite in Pembrokeshire for the series cariad@iaith:love4language shown on S4C in May 2012.

In 2012, Evans presented the Guide To Opera on Classic FM. The show was subsequently nominated for an Arqiva award. In 2013 Evans became a regular presenter on Classic FM

In August 2012, Evans appeared on the football show Soccer AM. He went on the show again in August 2013.

Awards[edit]

Evans was made a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards of Wales in 2012 [12] and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity St David in 2013.[13] He was also made a Member of the Venerable Order of Saint John by HM The Queen in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Evans is a trustee of The Elizabeth Evans Trust.[14] Evans' mother was Elizabeth Evans MBE, who founded and ran both The Carmarthen Youth Opera and The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen for 25 years. She died in 2004 and subsequently Evans and his two brothers founded the Trust.

He is married to Tanwen Evans (1999–present) and they have two children called Ismay Evans and Taliesin Evans.

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