British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio, and this season joins Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist. 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, a Yeoman of the Musicians' Company 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 a professional capacity, her next engagement being a solo recital in their Afternoon series. 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 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, Russian premiere at the Mariinsky theatre), 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 (Grimeborn Festival), cover Proserpina Orfeo (Royal Opera at the Roundhouse), 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).
As a passionate recitalist, Bethan has performed at many leading concert venues and festivals around the UK and Europe, and her singing of Schubert lieder has been recorded and broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Recent engagements include recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival and the International Lied Festival Zeist, recitals 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. Bethan is a founding member of Schubert & Co, a new vocal ensemble specialising in part song and lieder.