llio evans, soprano
Welsh soprano, Llio Evans, gained a first class honours degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before going on to receive an MA with distinction from the Wales International Academy of Voice.
A winner of numerous awards including Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, Dame Anne Evans Award, and the Russell Sheppard Intercollegiate Award, Llio is a British Youth Opera and Welsh National Youth Opera alumna and a former Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera where she recently received the Leonard Ingrams Award.
Recent highlights include Celia Iolanthe for English National Opera, Iris Semele for Garsington Opera and The Little One in the UK premiere of The Golden Dragon (Peter Eötvös) for Music Theatre Wales. She also sang the soprano solo in Janáček's The Danube with BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In the current season Llio makes Royal Albert Hall debut at the Festival of Welsh Male Voice Choirs as well as her debut with English Touring Opera as a Witch Macbeth, understudies the role of Ilia Idomeneo, and performs in their education project Waxwings. In the summer of 2019 perform Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera.
Other roles include Musetta La Bohème (Opera d'Amore), Clorinda La Cenerentola (HighTime Opera); Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pop-Up Opera); Yum-Yum The Mikado, Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Co-Opera Co.) and Susanna The Marriage of Figaro and Pamina The Magic Flute (Opera’r Ddraig). She has also covered roles for Garsington Opera including Despina Così fan tutte and Mimi Vert-Vert. Llio can be heard singing the role of Barbe on the Chandos studio recording of Arthur Sullivan's, The Beauty Stone, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Rory Macdonald.
A regular on the concert platform, highlights include Mendelssohn Elijah (St John's Smith Square, Three Choirs Festival with Philharmonia Orchestra), Bach Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Ensemble Cymru) and Arwel Hughes' Gweddi with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes for BBC Radio 3. Llio is also an accomplished recitalist having performed recitals for Garsington Opera, Cardiff Music Festival, Swansea Music Festival, Llandeilo Music Festival and Ensemble Cymru.