Born in August 1963 in Pontrhydyfen, soprano Rebecca Evans studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed regularly at the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. She has established a major operatic career in America. An honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she has honorary degrees from the University of Glamorgan and University of Wales. She is vice-president of Welsh homelessness charity Shelter Cymru. Rebecca lives in Penarth, near Cardiff. She is a member of the Eisteddfod Gorsedd of Bards and won a 2008 Grammy for best opera recording.