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Philip Langridge

Philip Langridge

(1939 – 2010)

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Philip Langridge

Philip Langridge
(1939 – 2010)

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Philip Langridge

(1939 – 2010)
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This is a tribute to Philip Langridge. Philip Langridge CBE was an English tenor, considered to be among the foremost exponents of English opera and oratorio.
Philip Langridge was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He started his career as an orchestral violinist, which exposed him to a greater variety of music than professional singers ordinarily experience.
Philip Langridge was admired for his fine technique coupled with keen dramatic instincts. His repertoire was broad, ranging from the operas of Claudio Monteverdi and Mozart to more modern works by Ravel, Stravinsky, Janáček and Schoenberg. At the end of his life, he was adding some Wagner roles, including
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Loge from Das Rheingold. Langridge was also a fine concert singer and regularly performed the sacred music of Bach and Handel. He also won great acclaim for his assumption of the title role in Elgar's oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius.
For all his versatility, he was at his most distinguished performing the works of Benjamin Britten. Much of Britten's vocal music was written specifically for his artistic and life partner, tenor Sir Peter Pears. Many regard Philip Langridge as Pears' true successor because they share similar vocal qualities and bring uncommon immediacy to the music they perform. He recorded many of his famous roles, including Peter Grimes and the Prologue / Quint in The Turn of the Screw, as
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well as all the orchestral song cycles for tenor voice.
Philip Langridge's association with Harrison Birtwistle began in 1986 when he created the role of Orpheus in his opera The Mask of Orpheus. He also sang The Lawyer in the world premiere recording of Punch and Judy (1989) and created the roles of Kong in The Second Mrs Kong (Glyndebourne, 1994) and Hiereus in The Minotaur (Royal Opera House, 2008). Birtwistle composed a song, based on a poem by David Harsent, especially for Philip Langridge's 70th birthday recital at Wigmore Hall, London in November 2009.
Philip Langridge was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music in 1994. He was married to Irish mezzo-soprano
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Ann Murray.
This is a memorial dedicated to the life and career of Philip Langridge. May he rest in peace.
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Philip Langridge

This is a tribute to Philip Langridge. Philip Langridge CBE was an English tenor, considered to be among the foremost exponents of English opera and oratorio.
Philip Langridge was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He started his career as an orchestral violinist, which exposed him to a greater variety of music than professional singers ordinarily experience.
Philip Langridge was admired for his fine technique coupled with keen dramatic instincts. His repertoire was broad, ranging from the operas of Claudio Monteverdi and Mozart to more modern works by Ravel, Stravinsky, Janáček and Schoenberg. At the end of his life, he was adding some Wagner roles, including...

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