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Open Features: Geraint Evans

Peter Wintersgill details the life of opera singer Geraint Evans, the son of a Welsh coalminer.

Born
16th February, 1922, in Cilfynydd, Wales.

Father
William, coalminer.

Mother
Charlotte.

Adolescence
Studied at G.S.M. and in Hamburg & Geneva.

Adult life
Covent Garden debut 1948, becoming one of the leading baritones. His best roles included Falstaff, Figaro, Papageno, Wozzeck, Beckmesser and Leporello.

He sang at Glyndebourne 1946-61. Debuts San Francisco 1959, Milan 1960, Vienna 1961 and Salzburg 1962.

Was made a Companion of the British Empire in 1959 and was knighted in 1969.

He retired in 1984.

He died in Aberystwyth on September 19, 1992.

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