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
Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Davis, Wyn-Rogers, Langridge
Release Date: 07/25/2006   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4082   Number of Discs: 1
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Holst: Savitri / Hickox, Kwella, Palmer, Langridge, Et Al
Release Date: 07/11/2000   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55042   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Levine, Langridge, Quivar, Et Al
Release Date: 07/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 435872   Number of Discs: 1
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
Release Date: 04/23/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9447   Number of Discs: 2
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Britten: Billy Budd / Hickox, Langridge, Keenlyslide, Et Al
Release Date: 06/27/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9826   Number of Discs: 3
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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  ... 
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    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: L'orfeo' Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria; L'incoronazione Di Poppea
    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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    Berlioz: Complete Orchestral & Sacred Works / Colin Davis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4804868 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Nobuko Imai,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Patricia Kern,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    Britten: Gloriana / Barstow, Jones, Langridge, Opie, Summer, Mackerras, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820602 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Della Jones,  Jonathan Summers,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    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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    Britten: The Turn Of The Screw / Davis, Tear, Donath
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001726502 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Robert Tear,  Helen Donath,  Michael Ginn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    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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    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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    British Composers - Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Holst
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95433 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gerald Finzi,  Arnold Bax,  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  David Van Asch,  Nigel Perrin,  Robin Doveton,  John Eaton  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Christopher Finzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    British Composers: A Celebration
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95480 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Hare,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Bruce Russell,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Christopher Bishop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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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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  • 21.
    James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met [32 CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1135701354 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  John Harbison  ... 
    Performer:  David Kuebler,  James Courtney,  Hanna Schwarz,  Clifton Forbis  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    Simon Rattle Edition - Second Viennese School
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57562 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alban Berg,  Anton Webern
    Performer:  Franz Mazura,  Gidon Kremer,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Thomas Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Choir  ... 
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  • 23.
    Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg - 50 Years
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469202 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leos Janácek,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Sena Jurinac,  Judith Hellwig,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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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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    Berg: Lulu / Pappano, Vogt, Larmore, Volle, Eichenholz
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7070 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Michael Volle,  Jennifer Larmore,  Agneta Eichenholz  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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