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Bethan Langford – Mezzo Soprano

Bethan LangfordBritish Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford is currently studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with professor Kate Paterson.  At the Guildhall School, Bethan is the recipient of the Susan Longfield prize, Paul Hamburger lieder prize and the Violette Szabo award for English song. She is a past winner of the John Fussell Award, and most recently was awarded the Audience Prize and Second Prize at the Clonter Opera competition. Bethan is a Samling Artist and a Les Azuriales Young Artist. She made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in April 2015, as the winner of the Concordia Foundation Founders’ Prize, and continues to be a Concordia Artist. She is a proud past recipient of the Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Award for visually impaired musicians from the RNIB, and continues to champion the work of disabled musicians in the industry.

Opera credits include Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (Guildhall School), Proserpina (cover) Orfeo (Royal Opera at the Roundhouse), Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival and BBC Proms), the Hag East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon (WorkshOPERA at the Tête a Tête Festival), Nancy Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera Young Artist Programme), Hansel Hansel und Gretel (Guernsey Symphony Orchestra), Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera) and Winifred Gurney A Soldier and a Maker (Iain Burnside, for Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Festival and BBC Radio 3).  Bethan is excited to be returning to Glyndebourne for the 2016 Summer season as a Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

As a passionate recitalist, Bethan has performed at many leading concert venues and festivals around the UK. Recently, she opened the closing concert of the Oxford Lieder Festival, where her singing of Schubert lieder was recorded and broadcast for BBC Radio 3. She made her Wigmore Hall solo debut in March 2013, accompanied by Graham Johnson, for Sarah Walker’s 70th Birthday concert, and was thrilled to return last year. She is a member of the Guildhall Song Guild and is excited to be making her Aldeburgh Festival concert debut later this year.

Bethan is gratefully supported by a Tutton Award from Help Musicians UK, an EMI Music Sound Foundation bursary, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and the Worshipful Company of Skinners.