Bethan Langford
Mezzo-soprano

“Bethan Langford led in the acting stakes, and supplied a delicious voice, particularly lovely in the middle range.” (Opera Now, March 2017)

Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

A Recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford joins the National Opera Studio this season. 

Recent highlights have included her debut as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Bury Court Opera, where she was singled out by Opera Magazine as possessing a voice “yielding warmth and a certain grandeur” (May 2017). Other credits include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Guildhall, as well as Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier for the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms, Nancy (Albert Herring) for Mid-Wales Opera, Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and Winifred Gurney in Iain Burnside’s A Soldier and a Maker at The Barbican, Cheltenham Music Festival and for BBC Radio 3. This summer Bethan joins the Verbier Festival Academy programme and makes her debut as Second Angel in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Melos Sinfonia at the Mariinsky Theatre under Oliver Zeffman.

A Recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford joins the National Opera Studio this season. 

Recent highlights have included her debut as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Bury Court Opera, where she was singled out by Opera Magazine as possessing a voice “yielding warmth and a certain grandeur” (May 2017). Other credits include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Guildhall, as well as Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier for the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms, Nancy (Albert Herring) for Mid-Wales Opera, Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and Winifred Gurney in Iain Burnside’s A Soldier and a Maker at The Barbican, Cheltenham Music Festival and for BBC Radio 3. This summer Bethan joins the Verbier Festival Academy programme and makes her debut as Second Angel in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Melos Sinfonia at the Mariinsky Theatre under Oliver Zeffman.

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Reviews

“Terrific supporting performances, too, from Bethan Langford.” (The Times, October 2017)

“Bethan Langford offer(s) strong support as the interventionist angels and relatives, rounding out a precociously strong cast.” (Arts Desk, October 2017) 

“The strong casting was completed by Bethan Langford and Nick Pritchard as respectively Angels 2 & 3 (and as Agnes’s sister and her husband), both singers accomplished and versatile artists vividly engaging with the drama.” (Classical Source, October 2017)

“As her sister, Bethan Langford belied the Joyce Grenfell gawkiness of her characterization with singing of yielding warmth and a certain grandeur.” (Opera Magazine, Yehuda Shapiro, May 2017)

“Terrific supporting performances, too, from Bethan Langford.” (The Times, October 2017)

“Bethan Langford offer(s) strong support as the interventionist angels and relatives, rounding out a precociously strong cast.” (Arts Desk, October 2017) 

“The strong casting was completed by Bethan Langford and Nick Pritchard as respectively Angels 2 & 3 (and as Agnes’s sister and her husband), both singers accomplished and versatile artists vividly engaging with the drama.” (Classical Source, October 2017)

“As her sister, Bethan Langford belied the Joyce Grenfell gawkiness of her characterization with singing of yielding warmth and a certain grandeur.” (Opera Magazine, Yehuda Shapiro, May 2017)

“The six principles made a sparkling team... Bethan Langford led in the acting stakes, and supplied a delicious voice, particularly lovely in the middle range.” (Roderic Dunnett, Opera Now Magazine, March 2017)

“Bethan Langford as Dorabella is stylish in every way, making the most of her music and of her comic opportunities.” (Owen Davies, Plays to See, March 2017) 

“Bethan Langford’s gorgeous mezzo made some superb contributions.... The sense of mutual discovery was palpable, as was the audience’s engagement with the musical charm and the pathos of the unfolding tale...For many this was an unexpected highlight of the festival.” (Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack, October 2016) 

“Bethan Langford, who in her classically pleated robe radiated a Kathleen Ferrier-like dignity and self-possession as Lucretia, has a mezzo of considerable quality, and her English poise contrasted powerfully with the misery of her downfall, which was very movingly staged.” (Classical Source, February 2016)

“As Lucretia, Bethan Langford’s mezzo-soprano is rich and nuanced, and yet still carries a beautiful sense of sweetness.” (Music OMH, February 2016)

“Bethan Langford’s serene Lucretia, sure of her place in her husband’s affections, is transformed into a traumatised woman after the violence committed on body and soul. Her performance remains in the mind long afterwards.” (The Sunday Express, February 2016) 

“A number of voices to watch register, including Bethan Langford's Beatrice.” (The Guardian)

“Bethan Langford’s sourpuss Beatrice, whose expressive face and comic timing provide plenty of Stepford Wife energy in her rapid exchanges” (Bachtrack, November 2015)

“Bethan Langford’s excellent mezzo-soprano voice is complemented by astute gestures as she reveals Beatrice’s impatience by kneading dough and chopping vegetables in time with the music” (The Arts Desk, November 2015)

“Bethan Langford conveyed Beatrice’s indignant exasperation through both the richness of her mezzo soprano and the violence that she inflicted on Ottavio’s pasta supper.” (Opera Today, November 2015)

“Langford was focused and direct, the tone open and well-rounded. The steadiness of line, despite the low tessitura and long phrases, was impressive and typical of the considerable composure and maturity that she displayed throughout the recital” (Claire Seymour, Opera Today, April 2015)

“Bethan Langford – currently a student at the Guildhall School – opened the recital with three songs, singing with a steely steadiness and vocal maturity that belied her young age. There was also a roundedness to her voice which was somewhat reminiscent of Elly Ameling... Nacht und Träume ...received ideal clarity and seamlessness.” (Seen and heard International, November 2014)

“The magnificent Bethan Langford, who performs three different witches trapped in a single body... is a tour de force: playing three parts, in one fast-paced solo aria, to an audience on two sides of the room, Langford seems not only unphased but positively relishing the challenge.” (Bachtrack, July 2014)

“As Prince Orlofsky, Bethan Langford... had stage presence and showed herself to be an outstanding Mezzo.” (Manchester Theatre Awards, July 2013)

“The extracts from Auric's Poemes de Paul Eluard (1940-48)... recieved outstanding performances from Bethan Langford. Langford's majestic voice brought Auric's alluring metaphors to life.” (Bachtrack, March 2013)

“There was a quietly scene-stealing performance from Bethan Langford” (Opera Magazine, April 2012)

“the most remarkable portrayal to my mind is Bethan Langford as the composer's sister Winifred” (Seen and Heard International, April 2012)

“A terrifically nuanced performance from Bethan Langford, heartbreaking as Gurney's loyal sister.” (Classical Source, April 2012)