Rebecca Evans returns to Covent Garden this month to sing her first Countess in the house. Following her sensational success in the title role of English National Opera’s new production of Rodelinda in February and March, London’s opera goers will no doubt count themselves lucky to have the chance to hear Rebecca in another major role so soon.
Mozart has always been close to Rebecca’s heart and, since her debut as Ilia in Idomeneo for the Welsh National Opera, the composer has always featured significantly in her schedule. For many years she was one of the world’s most sought after Susannas, the role taking her to the Metropolitan Opera, to Covent Garden and to Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper among others. She returned to the Welsh National Opera to sing her first Countess which, as the reviews made clear, was an unqualified success. Opera Magazine judged that “Evans’ Countess was gracefully and gorgeously sung, positively aristocratic of tone, with ‘Dove sono’ in particular reaching deep into the heart of this woman’s emotional anguish”. Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times commented that “after 10 years as one of the world’s leading Susannas, Evans sings her first Countess…she is luxury Figaro casting by any standards”and in the The Daily Telegraph Rupert Christiansen wrote that “Rebecca Evans sang ‘Dove sono’ with gorgeous tone and poise”.
Joining her in this revial of David McVicar’s production is Timothy Robinson as Don Curzio. A regular at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, Timothy returns to Covent Garden singing the role in this house for the first time. Like Rebecca he is no stranger to the piece having already appeared as Don Basilio at Glyndebourne and for the English National, and as both Don Basilio and Don Curzio for the Welsh National Opera.
Performances are on 02, 05, 07, 10, 15 May 2014.