Kevin J. Langan is a bass, with B.M. and M.M. degrees in Voice with High Distinction from Indiana University. His major voice professor was Margaret Harshaw, with vocal studies with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. He was the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1980), San Francisco Opera Auditions (1980), Opera America Auditions (1981) and Richard Tucker Foundation Grant Award (1983). Langan has been singing professionally for 34 years with leading roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Saito Kinen Festival (Japan), Maggio Musicale (Florence), Royal Flemish Opera (Antwerp), Netherlands Opera, Geneva Opera, Opera de Lyon, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Vancouver Opera, San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Central City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado, Austin Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Omaha Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Knoxville Opera, West Palm Beach Opera, Portland Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Greensboro Opera, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera and Hamilton Opera.
He recently became the first leading artist ever to achieve 300 performances with the San Francisco Opera in the company’s 88-year history. With almost 1300 career performances, he has performed over 80 different operatic roles. Those roles include Mephistopheles in Faust, Phillip II and Il Grand Inquisitore in Don Carlos, Sarastro in Die Zauberflőte, Osmin in Entfűhrung aus dem Serail, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Leporello and Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Timur in Turandot, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano in Forza del Destino, Pimen in Boris Godunov, Rocco in Fidelio, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Alvise in La Gioconda, Daland in Der Flieghende Holländer, Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Boheme, Wurm in Luisa Miller, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Henry VIII in Anna Bolena and The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance.
Orchestral appearances include the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Houston, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Fe, New Jersey; the National Symphony (Wash. DC); and the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, and Cincinnati May Festivals. He has appeared with these orchestras as bass soloist in such works as the Verdi and Mozart Requiems, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Rossini Stabat Mater, The Messiah and various concert versions of major operas.
Discography includes the Grammy nominated Le Nozze di Figaro (Teldec) under Niklaus Harnoncourt, and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Albany) recorded live at its world premiere with Santa Fe Opera.
DVD credits include the David Hockney production of Turandot with Eva Marton, Aida with Luciano Pavarotti, Samson et Dalilah with Placido Domingo, Orlando Furioso with Marilyn Horne, and Cunning Little Vixen at the Saito Kinen Festival conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
He has given solo recitals at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, as well as Kurt Weill at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco. He has also presented recital programs for the prestigious SilverSea Cruise Lines for their classically themed cruises in the Caribbean and Europe.
Langan has performed and recorded with conductors, Harry Bickett, Richard Bonynge, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoff von Dohnanyi, Niklaus Harnoncourt, Grahme Jenkins, Sir Charles MacKerras, John Mauceri, Nicholas McGegan, Eduardo Müller, John Nelson, Seiji Ozawa, Martin Pearlman, Sir John Pritchard, Eve Queler, Nicola Rescigno, Julius Rudel, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwartz, Michael Tilson Thomas and Edo de Waart.
His academic teaching experience includes being a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Guest Visiting Voice Instructor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as well as an Associate Instructorship in Voice at Indiana University. He has presented master classes in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University, University of Oklahoma/Norman, Austin Lyric Opera Apprentice Program, San Diego Opera Apprentice Program, Opera New Jersey Apprentice Program, and Festival Lyrique at Belle-Ille (France) Young Artists Program. He has also given individual clinical vocal instruction at the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago Apprentice Program, Portland Opera Apprentice Program, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s prestigious Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy.
He has also developed a seminar on “Financial and Professional Implications For The Professional Self-Employed Opera Singer” which he has given at The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.