Bethan Langford is a Mezzo Soprano from Much Wenlock in Shropshire, currently studying on the Masters Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Bethan is a proud recipient of the Elizabeth Eagle- Bott award for visually impaired musicians and is grateful to the RNIB for their continued support. She is also supported by a Musicians' Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award and the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation.
At the Guildhall School Bethan is the winner of the 2013 Susan Longﬁeld and Paul Hamburger prizes and the 2012 Violette Szabo award for English song. She is the winner of the 2013 John Fussell Award and was a ﬁnalist for the 2013 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the 2012 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the year. Bethan is a 2013/14 Samling scholar.
Opera credits include Nancy Albert Herring for the 2013/14 Mid Wales Opera Young Artist Programme, Hansel Hansel und Gretel for Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Prince Orlofsky (cover, wherein she went on for four shows) Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera and Second Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro for Guildhall Opera. Scenes include Octavian der Rosenkavalier, la Marquise la Fille de Regiment and Medoro Orlando. Bethan participated in British Youth Opera 2013 Easter Workshops with Paul Curran and Peter Robinson and this June sung chorus for Aldeburgh Festival's critically acclaimed Grimes on the beach with Opera North.
In 2012 Bethan played Winifred Gurney in the premiere of Iain Burnside's A soldier and a Maker for a run at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and received very warm reviews ('a quietly scene-stealing performance from Bethan Langford' Opera Magazine, 'a terriﬁcally nuanced performance...heart-breaking' whatsonstage).
As an active recitalist, Bethan has performed in venues such as LSO St Luke's, Oxford Holywell Music Rooms and Charlton House. She has given recitals for organisations such as Oxford Balliol College Musical Society, Richmond Concert Society and St Lawrence Jewry Music Festival. Bethan made her Wigmore Hall solo debut in March, accompanied by Graham Johnson, for Sarah Walker's 70th Birthday concert. She returned to the Wigmore in April to sing for Graham Johnson's Gala Schubert concert. She is a member of the Guildhall Song Guild, the Song in the City recital series and the professional female vocal group The Alma Mater Ensemble. She has sung in masterclasses for artists such as Ann Murray, Wolfgang Holzmair (with the Oxford Lieder Festival residential master course), Amanda Roocroft and Roger Vignoles.
Future engagements include a Schubert recital for Oxford Lieder Festival and a concert of Bach and Handel for Cwmbran Baroque society.