Evans, Sir Geraint Llewellyn, CBE

Baritone, born on 16 February 1922 at Cilfynydd, Glam. After his mother's early death, he was brought up by his maternal grandparents. Welsh remained his first language and he was a lifelong Methodist. In his teens he began taking singing lessons and sang in the choir of Bethel Methodist chapel, Cilfynydd. After war service with the RAF he decided on a professional career and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He first sang at Covent Garden in January 1948 and went on to make an international reputation, especially in opera. He retired in 1984, though he continued to coach and conduct master classes. He was appointed CBE in 1959, was knighted in 1969 and made a freeman of the City of London in 1984. His autobiography, A Knight at the Opera was published in 1984. He died at Aberystwyth on 19 September 1992. A service of thanksgiving was held in Westminster Abbey.

  • Times, 21 September 1992


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