Philip Langridge

Biography

Born: December 16, 1939; Hawkhurst   Died: March 5, 2010  
A world-class opera singer and recitalist, tenor Philip Langridge was in great demand as a performer of a wide range of operatic works, particulalry music by Britten, Janácek, and Stravinsky. Praised for his bright and penetrating voice, Langridge was a singer whose impressive vocal strength did not diminish the clarity of his diction. Born in Kent, Langridge studied at the London Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers were Celia Bizony and Read more Bruce Boyce. He worked his way up the professional ladder, from his first appearance as a Footman in Richard Strauss' Capriccio at Glyndebourne. Not long after his debut at Glyndenbourne, he appeared there in the leading roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, and Laca in Janácek's Jenufa. Langridge's Covent Garden debut in 1983 combined Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilčges, where he was the Teapot, and Stravinsky's Nightingale, where he sang the role of the Fisherman. In 1985, he debuted at the Metropolitan as Ferrando in Mozart's Cosě fan tutte, and his first Salzburg appearance was in the role of Aron in Schoenberg's Moses und Aron. Langridge went on to record the role of Aron for the Decca release of the opera under Georg Solti, a production that won a Grammy Award. Langridge frequently sang the title role in two major Stravinsky operas, Oedipus Rex and The Rake's Progress. He appeared in a production of Oedipus Rex conducted by Seiji Ozawa, which won a Japanese award for best opera production 1994. His portrayal of Zivny in Janácek's one-act opera Osud (Fate), recorded for EMI with Charles Mackerras, brought Langridge the 1984 Olivier Award. He also sang the role of Laca in Janácek's Jenufa, appearing as Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case. Especially appreciated as an interpreter of Benjamin Britten's music, Langridge sang the title roles in Britten operas Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice. Langridge received two awards for his performances of Britten: a Gramophone Award for War Requiem and a Classic CD Award for Turn of the Screw. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary British music, he premiered several works by British composers, including Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus and Tippett's New Year. Langridge sang other important 20th century roles, including Andres in Berg's Wozzeck, Mark in Tippett's Midsummer Marriage, and Edrisi in Szymanowski's King Roger. However, his repertoire encompassed Baroque and Romantic opera: he sang Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea; Shuisky in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov; Loge in Wagner's Das Rheingold; and Benedict in Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict. As a recitalist, Langridge performed with world-class pianists, including Maurizio Pollini and Andras Schiff. A tour of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise, with pianist David Owens Norris, was completed by a highly acclaimed performance at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Langridge was married to mezzo-soprano Ann Murray. A recipient of many honors, Langridge became a Commander of the British Empire in 1994 and was an avid collector of watercolors. Read less
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    The Choir of King's College Cambridge: The Complete Argo Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002410702 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  William Byrd,  John Taverner,  Orlando Gibbons,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  David Ward,  Peter Pears,  Alexander Young,  Elizabeth Harwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Boris Ord,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philomusica of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Simon Rattle - The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Cyril Rootham: Symphony No. 2; Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2118 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cyril Rootham
    Performer:  Teresa Cahill,  Philip Langridge,  Michael Rippon
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Contemporary British Opera Classics  [4-dvd Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  George Benjamin,  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Andrew Rees,  Grant Doyle,  Wynne Evans,  Allison Cook  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  George Benjamin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Szymanowski: King Roger, Symphony No 4 / Hampson, Andsnes, Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620051 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Philip Langridge,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Ryszard Minkiewicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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    Pierre Boulez - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Rameau - The Opera Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 636487 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Anna Maria Panzarella,  Mark Padmore,  Eirian James  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Jean-François Paillard,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Claudio Abbado - The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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  • 10.
    The Argo Years / Neville Marriner, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields [28-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Monteverdi: 3 Operas / Harnoncourt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631482 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Kurt Equiluz,  Nigel Rogers,  Günther Theuring,  Jacques Villisech  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Munich Capella Antiqua,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Britten's Children
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001976409 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  David Owen Norris,  John Bridcut,  Philip Langridge
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir,  Britten-Pears Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42957 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Kenneth Bowen,  Ian Partridge,  Paul Hudson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Anniversary Series - Art Song Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Alec Roth  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Andrew Kennedy,  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
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  • 17.
    Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745402 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Arthur Davies,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Lambert: Piano Concerto, Piano Sonata, Etc / Hawthorne, Friend, Nash
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55397 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Constant Lambert
    Performer:  Ian Brown,  Philip Langridge,  Nigel Hawthorne
    Conductor:  Lionel Friend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Bridge: Orchestral Works - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10729 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard Shelley,  Alban Gerhardt,  Roderick Williams,  Sarah Connolly  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales
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  • 20.
    Holst: The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40471 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Jonathan Snowden,  David Theodore,  Ralph Downes,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn,  Norman Del Mar,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta  ... 
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    Ravel: L'enfant Et Les Sortileges / Previn, Wyner, Auger, Langridge
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48209 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Jane Berbié,  Lynda Richardson,  Jules Bastin  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Solti, Te Kanawa, Ramey, Tear, Popp
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001621302 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kurt Moll,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Philip Langridge,  Giorgio Tadeo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Opera Chorus
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    Priez Pour Paix - English, French, German And American Songs Of The Great War / Langridge, Norris
    Label: Prelude (England)   Catalog: 2550 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Butterworth,  André Caplet,  Claude Debussy,  Ivor Gurney  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  David Owen Norris
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    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beate Vergine / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414572 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Rippon,  Philip Langridge,  Jill Gomez,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble  ... 
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    Berg: Lulu / Pappano, Vogt, Larmore, Volle, Eichenholz
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Agneta Eichenholz,  Michael Volle,  Klaus Florian Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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