Local singing sensation Rebecca Evans chats with Mark Rees as she prepares to kick off 2013 with a performance at the Brangwyn Hall alongside the National Orchestra of Wales.
it will be much better than anything on TV," laughs world renowned soprano
Rebecca Evans, of her upcoming performance in the Brangwyn Hall.
Abbey will have been on Christmas Day, which is the only thing worth watching,
so come out and enjoy a night of sparkling music instead!"
raised in Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot, Rebecca is more than familiar with
performing at the Brangwyn Hall, and is looking forward to returning there with
the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
always like a homecoming," she says. "One should always try their best – but I
think I try even more so when I perform there. A lot of the people I grew up
with come to see me. And my best friends, the people I used to work as a nurse
with, will be there. We have a big reunion every January, so it'll be great to
catch up with them."
all the celebrations, Rebecca, who now lives in Penarth, will also be in a more
reflective mood on at the first day of 2013.
grandfather died on New Year's Eve years ago," she explains, "so its cast
something of a shadow on it. I don't party as such, I find the occasion
favourite with opera fans throughout the world, Rebecca has long been praised
for her inspirational performances. But she is also a firm favourite among her
peers, and is relishing the opportunity of passing on some of her vast
experience to the upcoming crop of Welsh talent.
teaching," she says. "I'll probably do more as I mature. If I can pass on some
of the things I've learned to help future stars, then I'd love to. In fact, I
still have lessons myself. My teacher is 88, and I'll probably get a grilling
off her on Monday!" she laughs.
of performing, Rebecca has caught the Twitter bug – but tries to keep it for
social use only. "I never tweet about my performances – I find that a bit
boastful. But I do love reading what everyone else is talking about. I love
cooking and food, so I use it for things like MasterChef rather than work. And
my husband is one of the top 100 political tweeters in the country, so he's on
it a lot too."
National Orchestra of Wales will be performing at the Brangwyn Hall on Tuesday,