Why not to get the cast of our Spring 2019 season throught their favourite music? We asked our cast for their all-time favourites playlists.
Today’s tunes are selected by Llio Evans, who has sung in all three ETO mainstage shows this season: Idomeneo, Macbeth and Elizabeth I, and who stars in ETO’s children’s opera Waxwings.
1. Le Nozze di Figaro Overture – Woldgang Amadeus Mozart
Llio: I think this is the happiest piece of music ever written. I even had my friends play a four hand piano version of it at my wedding! I first fell in love with opera after seeing a production of this by Welsh National Opera.
2. Candide Overture – Leonard Bernstein
Llio: This was the first opera I ever performed. I was in the chorus of Welsh National Youth Opera’s Production of Candide. Bernstein’s music is so colourful and witty with a splash of dark humour.
3. Evening Prayer (Hansel and Gretel) – Humperdinck, performed by Jennifer Larmore and Rebecca Evans
Llio: This is such a charming opera and this duet is just magical. Although it was originally written in German, this recording is in an English translation and I like it because my idol, Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans, sings Gretel.
4. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Die Zauberflöte) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Diana Damrau
Llio: I love Diana Damrau. She is such a charismatic artist and the ultimate Queen of The Night. I was actually there when this was filmed in the Faenol Festival in North Wales! This was an open air Festival and it was pretty windy that night which added to the drama. Watch here: https://youtu.be/GG1fs13rlZY
5. Morgen – Richard Strauss, sung by Renée Fleming
Llio: Or Renée Fleming singing anything to be honest! She’s a goddess. But I do adore this song Morgen (Tomorrow) by Richard Strauss, about lovers reuniting on a beach in a moment of quiet bliss. Beautiful.
6. I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston
Llio: That diva could sing! Wish I could belt this out like her.
7. Beauty and the Beast – Celine DIon and Peabo Bryson
Llio: Combining my two great loves: Celine and Disney.
8. Dormi Jesu – John Rutter
Llio: Christmas is my favourite time of year and it’s not Christmas without John Rutter. This one is my favourite with all the lush squishy harmonies.
Winner of the 2015 Leonard Ingrams Award at Garsington Opera, Llio Evans trained at the Wales International Academy of Voice and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recent highlights include Celia Iolanthe (English National Opera), Iris Semele (Garsington Opera), and The Little One in the UK première of Peter Eötvös’s The Golden Dragon (Music Theatre Wales). Llio also sings the role of Barbe on Chandos’s studio recording of The Beauty Stone (Arthur Sullivan). Future plans include Zerlina Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera. When she isn’t singing, Llio spends her time knitting, drinking copious amounts of tea and dreaming of being a Disney princess.