For Music Enthusiasts

The Athenaeum Library is grateful to Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Steel (Christie) for donating to the institution quite a number of her late husband’s books. They range over a number of topics and include several with a musical flavour. One of these is the autobiography: Sir Geraint Evans: A Knight at the Opera – published by Michael Joseph in 1984. The Welsh miner’s son became an international opera star. He made his debut in 1948 after wartime service with the RAF. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and then auditioned successfully for Covent Garden Opera Company. The book recounts the baritone’s experiences and roles in opera houses all over the world. This volume appeared in 1984 to coincide with Geraint Evans’s farewell performances.

Janet Hollinshead