The Man from Go Compare
Wynne Evans (staying at home)
SAT 11 JULY 2020
Wynne Evans is regularly singing to millions for the TV advertising campaign that has made him a household name as the spoof opera star Gio Compario.
One morning in 2009, Wynne was rehearsing with David Alden at Grange Park Opera (Cunning Little Vixen) and he asked if he could be late as he was going to an audition. Go Compare had intended to book an actor and superimpose Wynne’s voice, but Wynne convinced them that he could do both. The rest is history.
Born in Carmarthen, Wales, where his mother restored the theatre, Wynne studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio. As an opera singer he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris Opera, Covent Garden where engagements included Vakula The Tsarina’s Slippers, Mayor Anna Nicole and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos. As a principal tenor with Welsh National Opera, his roles included Duca Rigoletto, Rodolfo Bohème, Alfredo Traviata, and Tamino Magic Flute.
With Grange Park Opera roles include Schoolmaster Cunning Little Vixen, Truffaldino Love for Three Oranges and Italian tenor Capriccio.
Wynne’s debut album A Song in My Heart reached Number 1 in the classical charts. He was honoured by the National Eisteddfod with the title of Gorsedd of the Bards. A lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Wynne performed at the team’s final game at White Hart Lane and reprised the song at the 2019 opening of the new stadium to 62,000 fans.
Wynne Evans is trustee of Grange Park Opera. During lockdown he has lost three stone.
GIO COMPARIO ∙ WYNNE EVANS
PIANO ∙ WYNNE EVANS
For the Pasta Dough
On your kitchen counter make a fountain with both flours and make a whole in the middle. Add the eggs and mix until the flour has absorbed the eggs.
Knead until you obtain homogenous and smooth dough. Wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge for two hours.
For the Filling
Cook the peas in boiling salted water for about 7 minutes. Strain. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the ricotta, mint leaves, salt and pepper. Mix using a hand mixer (or food processor)