Langridge, Philip (Gordon)
- Max Loppert
(b Hawkhurst, Kent, Dec 16, 1939; d London, Mar 5, 2010). English tenor. From 1958 he studied the violin at the RAM, playing professionally for a short period until 1964; in 1962 he began singing lessons with Bruce Boyce, continuing later with Celia Bizony. One of the most versatile British singers of the day, he had a large concert repertory that extended from Monteverdi and the 18th- and 19th-century oratorios to first performances of works by Bennett, Goehr, Holliger, Lutyens and Milner. But it is as a singing-actor of extraordinarily wide range that he became internationally celebrated. Whether in operas by contemporary composers (Birtwistle and Tippett among many others), those of the postwar period (he has given memorable accounts of Britten’s Grimes, Vere, Quint and, finest of all, Aschenbach) or others stretching back to the beginnings of the medium, Langridge consistently revealed an acuity of stylistic understanding and a rare directness of dramatic delivery. His voice, individual rather than beautiful and tending to lack power and ring at the top of its compass, nevertheless served him in the dramatic tenor roles of Janáček (Zivný in ...