Rebecca Evans, the Welsh soprano, was born in 1963 in Pontrhydyfen, the Glamorgan village famed as the birthplace of Richard Burton and Ivor Emmanuel. She worked as a nurse before deciding on a musical career, and was a student at the Guildhall School of Music at the same time as Bryn Terfel. Since then, she has become a familiar face on the opera stage, singing with the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. She has also made a name for herself in the USA, singing with the Santa Fe, Chicago Lyric and San Fransisco Opera, as well as the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
As a concert artist, she has sung at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, the opening concert of the Welsh National Assembly, and shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli in Bremen. Her recordings, like her opera roles, have been numerous, for the SAIN, EMI, Decca and Chandos labels, and she sings regularly on TV and at Music Festivals throughout Britain.
Rebecca is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and an honorary Doctor of Music at both the University of Wales (2009) and the University of Glamorgan (1997). She was also made an honorary member of the Gorsedd of Bards for her contribution to music in Wales, and is Vice-President of Shelter Wales.
Her singing talents were recognized early in her career when in 1989 she was awarded both the Welsh Young Singer of the Year and the MOCSA prize. In 2001, she won the Prix Helene Rochas at the Theatre du Chatelet, and her recording career reached a pinnacle in 2008 when she won a Grammy for Best Classical Recording.
She lives in Penarth, near Cardiff, with her son William.
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