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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director
Will Pate

Will Pate

Associate Artist Manager


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About Rebecca

Rebecca Evans was awarded a CBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Engagements in Rebecca’s 2023/24 season include Despina (Così fan tutte) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi) for the Welsh National Opera and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Recent highlights include the title role in Rodelinda for the English National Opera, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and the role of Nerys Price the world premiere of Blaze of Glory for the Welsh National Opera, Alice Ford (Falstaff) in her debut for the Teatro Real in Madrid and Hécube in a European tour of Berlioz’ Les Troyens with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Dinis Sousa.

Career highlights have included Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina, Mimì (La bohème )and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for the Royal Opera; Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Romilda (Xerxes) and Ginevra (Ariodante) for the English National Opera and Mimì, Contessa Almaviva, Pamina, Ilia (Idomeneo), Liu (Turandot), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Angelica (Orlando) for the Welsh National Opera. Her Metropolitan Opera appearances include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni); at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich she has sung Ginevra, Despina and Ilia and, at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, she has sung Despina.

Concert appearances include the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. A Grammy Award-winning artist, she has recorded prolifically.

Rebecca is a Trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust and patron of several charities, among them Shelter Cymru, Ty Hapus and Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales.

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  • Mozart Così fan tutte

    Welsh National Opera
    Feb 2024
    • It’s Rebecca Evans who steals the comedic honours: her Despina is canteen-lady cum cleaner, with her various disguises as the doctor practising mesmerism and the notary for the marriage ceremony suitably outrageous, her stylish tone and clear Italian mining all the mischief implicit in Da Ponte’s words.

    • We can be grateful for some supreme professionalism in Rebecca Evans’s witty take on a Victoria Wood dinner lady as Despina

    • Rebecca Evans was a delightful Despina, revelling in the character’s dubious morality in an outstanding comic performance.

    • The real glue of the plot comes from Rebecca Evans’ Despina, who delivers some top-notch acting, making the most of the sections in which she appears in disguise (her bit as the mesmeric doctor is easily one of the stand-out acting performances of the night).

    • The only real comedic moments are provided by the redoubtable Rebecca Evans as Despina, the dinner lady/school cleaner, who hams up her role superbly.

    • Perhaps the surest performance of the night came from house favourite Rebecca Evans, whose comic business and energetic stage presence as Despina nevertheless allowed her to sing and enunciate beautifully,