Mark Llewelyn Evans

Mark Llewelyn Evans trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London. He was principal baritone with Welsh National Opera appearing in many productions and has worked with companies throughout the UK. Mark’s debut album Let the Light In hit the top 10 in the classical charts and his charity single Tell My Father reached number 1 in UK.

Mark is the founder and creative director of ABC of Opera Productions, which tours UK-wide introducing children to the stories and glories of the opera through music and storytelling. He won the Amati Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur Award 2019 for his work with the ABC of Opera.

April 2019 sees the publication of Mark’s debut children’s book, ABC of Opera: Baroque. The first in The Academy of Barmy Composers series, Baroque follows the story of Jack and Megan, who are transported back in time to learn about the history of opera with Professor Peri.

mark llewelyn evans


ABC of Opera: Baroque

Written by Mark Llewelyn Evans, illustrated by Karl Davies. Discover the thrilling story of opera with Jack, Megan and the time-travelling Trunk. Go with them to Florence, Italy and back to 1597, the beginning of the Baroque era, to meet Professor Peri, the inventor of opera, Perfect Purcell, Too Hot to Handel, and a host of other barmy composers.

ISBN 9781912213863
Publication 26 April 2019

Praise for ABC of Opera: Baroque

‘The pace and the characterisation are top-class. It’s a page turner as well as being full of interesting facts.’ Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories

‘A visual feast. The story of opera told in such a fun and engaging way.’ Sir Bryn Terfel CBE, international opera singer

‘I love the characters, Karl Davies’ zany illustrations are a joy, and there are concluding spreads giving information on instruments of the time, voice types and the composers. If the whole experience doesn’t leave youngsters eager to experience baroque music, especially opera, then nothing will. Bring on the next musical adventure.’ Jill Bennett, Read Reading Hub

‘Children will be introduced to musical terms, voice types and instruments in this richly informative and hilarious romp through 500 years of Baroque. It will help cultivate an appreciation for this uplifting and emotionally rich art form.’ Zoe James-Williams, South Wales Evening Post

‘Here is a unique book, the first in a series, that aims to tell the story of baroque music to a new, young (8+) audience. It’s an eye-catching and engaging volume and educational too. Further books on classical, romantic and modern music styles will follow… Opera is defined as a story set to music and this thrilling history of baroque music is aptly wrapped in a story that will delight and educate in equal measure. We can’t wait to read the rest of the series!’ Family Bookworms

‘…colourful, informative and riotously unstuffy. […] The message is that Any Body Can enjoy opera. Hear hear – as Maestro Monte might quip.’ Steph Power, BBC Music Magazine July 2019


Featured in the Western Mail 20-04-2019

abc of opera: Baroque by mark llewelyn evans and karl davies, western mail



No Events


abc of opera: Baroque