Sir Geraint Llewellyn Evans (1922-1992), Opera singer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Welsh baritone Evans made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1948, and became the company's principal baritone until his retirement in 1984. At twenty-two, he was Britten's first choice for the title role in Billy Budd, but finding some of the part too high for his voice, he sang instead the role of Mr Flint, the sailing master. Britten also created the role of Lord Mountjoy in Gloriana (1953) for Evans. Peter Grimes and Billy Budd were two of his first choices when invited to direct his own operatic productions in the USA. Evans sang many roles throughout the world, but he was particularly associated with the characters of Falstaff and Figaro.