Wynne Evans is regularly singing to millions in the TV advertising campaign that has made him a household name in the role of his alter ego, the spoof opera star Gio Compario.
Born January 27th 1972 in South Wales, Wynne studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London.
As a principal tenor with Welsh National Opera his many roles included Duca (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and Alfredo (La Traviata).
In March 2011, Wynne released his debut album A Song In My Heart, which went to Number 1 in the classical charts. Other strings to his bow include work as a radio and TV presenter.
Wynne Evans’ operatic engagements include Vakula (The Tsarina’s Slippers) for Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Cassio (Othello), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Welsh National Opera; Schoolmaster/Mosquito (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Grange Park Opera.
Wynne has collaborated with the nation’s première ensembles, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. His many recital credits have included Wigmore Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Bridgewater Hall Manchester.
Wynne Evans’ new album is entitled simply ‘Wynne’ and is a collection of his personal favourites. Released on 21st October 2013, the album features Welsh songs that he grew up with, Neapolitan songs that inspired his classical training, songs that marked important milestones in his life, and even his mother’s favourite song.
Wynne sang the role of Piangi in the 25-year anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera, which was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall to cinemas worldwide.