British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford is currently studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with professor Kate Paterson. She is a proud recipient of the Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Award for visually impaired musicians and is grateful to the RNIB for their continued support. 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 the winner of the John Fussell Award and is a Samling Artist. Bethan made her Wigmore Hall recital debut this April, as the winner of the Concordia Foundation Founders’ Prize. She is gratefully supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award and the Worshipful Company of Skinners.
Opera credits include Proserpina (cover) Orfeo for 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), Second Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro (Guildhall Opera) and Winifred Gurney A Soldier and a Maker (Iain Burnside, for Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Festival and BBC Radio 3). Scenes include Beatrice Beatrice et Benedict, Romeo I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Octavian der Rosenkavalier and Dorabella Cosi fan tutte.
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 which was recorded and recently broadcast by 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 this year. She is a member of the Guildhall Song Guild and is excited to be a 2015 Les Azuriales Young Artist this Summer in Nice, France.