Kevin Langan earned a sterling reputation as a leading performer in opera and concert with international audiences. Mr. Langan was the last protégé of Walter Legge, the legendary operatic record producer and promoter, and husband to Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Under their sponsorship, he began his extensive career with a critically acclaimed recital at The Wigmore Hall in London. His “deep, toffee-smooth voice and convincing interpretive abilities” (New York Times) have made him a favorite in opera companies throughout the world. His career currently spans 36 years and over 1300 performances covering a vast repertoire of over 80 roles from early Baroque through 21st Century works, with the majority of his work in Händel, Mozart, and Verdi operas. This season, Mr. Langan performs the roles of Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Toledo Opera, Opera Carolina, and Opera Grand Rapids; Cuno in Der Freischutz with Virginia Opera; and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata with San Diego Opera. He will also be a part of a concert with The Florence Voice Program at Westminster Choir College.
Mr. Langan remains a company favorite with San Francisco Opera after 30 years of work. He recently became the first artist in the 88-year history of the company to reach the lofty level of 300 career performances in leading roles. He appeared in 43 different productions in San Francisco, beginning with Samson et Dalila which was broadcast on PBS and distributed on DVD, through critically acclaimed performances of Timur in Turandot (available on DVD), Colline in La bohème, Ramfis in Aïda, Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino, Henry VIII in Anna Bolena, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Sobakin in The Tsar’s Bride, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Langan’s “notable Sarastro” (The New Yorker) was also heard in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Diego, Austin, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Omaha, West Palm Beach, Washington, and Santa Fe. Mr. Langan is also a company favorite for several other eminent North American companies including 11 seasons with The Lyric Opera of Chicago giving over 125 performances of 13 different productions there, and 14 seasons with The Santa Fe Opera giving over 165 performances of 20 different productions.
Having enjoyed a prominent career as a bass, Mr. Langan was involved in many productions at some of the leading opera houses in North America. Previous role highlights include Ezra Mannon in Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra with Florida Grand Opera; Timur in Turandot with Opera Carolina; Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette in an exciting co-production with Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Lyric Opera Baltimore; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Dallas Opera; Samuel in Un ballo in maschera with San Diego Opera; and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Eugene Opera. He also was involved in Minnesota Concert Opera’s production of excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen, where he performed as Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, Hunding in Die Walküre, and Hagen in Götterdämmerung.
Additional opera engagements include Colline in La bohème and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera; Wurm in Luisa Miller with Washington National Opera; Balthazar in La favorite with San Francisco Opera; Swallow in Peter Grimes with Santa Fe Opera; The Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas with Opera Colorado; Pimen in Boris Godunov with Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Florida Grand Opera; Osmin in Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Lyon, Santa Fe Oper, Boston Baroque Opera, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, and Music of the Baroque-Chicago; and Phillip II in Don Carlos with Canadian Opera Company. Mr. Langan also appeared in the highly-successful world première of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline as Henry Mosher at Santa Fe Opera, which was televised on PBS, and subsequently produced at New York City Opera.
Also an artist of international critical acclaim, some highlights from Mr. Langan’s international career include the role of Parson/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen with The Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, both with Maestro Seiji Ozawa (the latter available on DVD); Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Netherlands Opera under Nicklaus Harnoncourt; and The Mostly Mozart Festival on Tour to Japan in Mozart’s Requiem and as Leporello in Don Giovanni.
An accomplished concert artist, Mr. Langan finds himself performing under the batons of those such as John Nelson for The Caramoor Festival as Rocco in Leonore; Michael Tilson Thomas for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with The Pittsburgh Symphony, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with The Chicago Symphony, and as Hobson in Peter Grimes with The San Francisco Symphony; and Edo de Waart with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. He also performed the role of Rocco in Fidelio with The San Francisco Symphony and Cincinnati May Festival under Music Director James Conlon. Other orchestral highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Seattle Symphony; Händel’s Messiah with Houston Symphony; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Buffalo Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with The Los Angeles Philharmonic; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with The National Symphony in Washington; and the role of Orest’s Guardian/Old Servant in Elektra with Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Langan’s video credits in addition to the DVD release of David Hockney’s Turandot, include DVD releases of Aïda with Luciano Pavarotti, Samson et Dalila with Plácido Domingo, Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso with Marilyn Horne, Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen from Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, Tobias Picker’s first opera Emmeline seen on National PBS Television, and Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen under Seiji Ozawa, seen on National NHK Television throughout Japan, and RAI Television in Italy, and now on DVD through Arthaus Musik. Mr. Langan’s discography includes the Grammy-nominated Teldec recording of Le Nozze di Figaro under Nicklaus Harnoncourt, and Albany Records’ Emmeline under George Manahan and recorded live with The Santa Fe Opera.