British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford is a recent graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is currently a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. Whilst at the Guildhall, she was the recipient of the Susan Longfield prize for accomplished female singer, Paul Hamburger lieder prize and the Violette Szabo award for English Song. Bethan is a Samling Artist, a Les Azuriales Young Artist and an alumna of the Verbier Festival Academy. She made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in April 2015, as a Musicians' Company and Concordia Foundation prizewinner, and has since appeared there in recital, most recently in July 2017. Bethan is a past winner of the John Fussell Award, and was awarded the Audience Prize and Second Prize at the 2016 Clonter Opera competition. 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.
Recent and current opera credits include Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (Bury Court Opera), Magt Elektra (Verbier Festival under Esa-Pekka Salonen), Angel 2/Marie Written on Skin (Melos Sinfonia), Lehrbuben Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg and Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and BBC Proms), Olga Eugene Onegin (Cambridge Philharmonic), Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (Guildhall School), cover Proserpina Orfeo (Royal Opera at the Roundhouse), 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 DieFledermaus (Clonter Opera) and Winifred Gurney A Soldier and a Maker (Iain Burnside, for 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 her singing of Schubert lieder has been recorded and broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Recent engagements include The Pilgrimage of the Rose and a recital with Bengt Forsberg for 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 engagements include a series of Messiah's with the City of Granada Symphony Orchestra, Elijah at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall and Rachmaninov Vespers at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Bethan looks forward to making her recital debut at the Heidelberger Früling Festival in Spring 2018.
Bethan is grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK and the Musicians’ Company. She continues to study with Kate Paterson.