‘The self possessed, noble-voiced Bethan Langford’ Opera Magazine
‘The exceptional Bethan Langford’ The Times
’Bethan Langford, outstanding in the central role’ Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
British mezzo soprano Bethan Langford studied on the Guildhall School opera course and the National Opera Studio. She is a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, a Samling Artist, Verbier Festival Academy Alumna and a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company. Whilst at the Guildhall, Bethan was the recipient of the Susan Longfield prize, Paul Hamburger lieder prize and the Violette Szabo award for English Song. 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.
Current and recent engagements include Leila Iolanthe For ENO, alto soloist Les Noces for Opera Holland Park and New Movement Collective at Woolwich Works, The Woman in new children’s opera The Promise by Daniel Saleeb and alto Soloist Mozart Requiem with the Hallé.
The 21/22 season saw Bethan make her role debut with English National Opera as Hebe in Cal McCrystal’s new production of HMS Pinafore. She received unanimous critical praise portraying the blind composer Theresia Von Paradis in Errollyn Wallen’s world premier of The Paradis Files at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and National tour with Graeae Theatre Company, which went on to win a UK Theatre Award. Bethan was also delighted to be the alto soloist for Smyth Mass in D under Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
Other recent opera credits include the Janitor in Maxwell's The Lost Thing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Second Lady The Magic Flute, Giovanna Rigoletto and Glasha Katya Kabanova (all Scottish Opera), Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte (Bury Court Opera), Dritte Magt Elektra (Verbier Festival under Esa-Pekka Salonen), Angel 2/Marie Written on Skin (Melos Sinfonia, tour and Russian premiere at the Mariinsky theatre), Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (Guildhall Opera Course and Grimeborn Festival, winner of Best Opera Production at the Off West End Awards), Waltraute Die Walküre (Hackney Empire), Lehrbuben Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and BBC Proms), cover Proserpina Orfeo (Royal Opera at the Roundhouse), Olga Eugene Onegin (Cambridge Philharmonic), Nancy Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera), Hansel Hansel und Gretel (Guernsey Symphony Orchestra), Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera) and Winifred Gurney A Soldier and a Maker (Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Festival and BBC Radio 3).
As a passionate recitalist, Bethan has performed at many leading concert venues and festivals around the UK and Europe, including her solo debut recital at the Wigmore Hall with Sholto Kynoch in 2020. Recent engagements include recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, International Lied Festival Zeist, Buxton International Festival, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival, her debut recital for the Aldeburgh Festival and recitals for the New Paths Festival with Libby Burgess and the Ludlow English Song Weekend with Iain Burnside.
Concert work includes Messiah with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, De Falla El Amor Brujo with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at Aberdeen Music Hall and Elijah at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall.
(Biography not to be altered without permission of the artist)