Death of a US baritone in Germany

Death of a US baritone in Germany


norman lebrecht

November 29, 2018

We are sad to hear that Allan Evans is no more.

He died on November 7 in Mannheim, where he sang in Pelleas et Melisande as recently as March this year.

Allan was 77.

Raised in Macon, Georgia, he went to Juilliard on a scholarship from the Reader’s Digest owners DeWitt and Lila Wallace and completed his studies with Hilde Zadek in Vienna. ‘I was born into racism,’ he said.

With few opportunities for a singer of colour in America, he joined the Theatre in Trier and later Basle, moving to Mannheim in 1987. He guested all over Europe, specialising in Wagner roles.


  • Michael in Missouri says:

    A singer I wish I had known more about before this moment. RIP.

  • Doug says:

    He may have been “born into racism” but it obviously did not affect his rise in music. Otherwise we wouldn’t be celebrating his success here, we’d be mourning his lack of of it.