Quirijn de Lang is recognized as an exceptional singing actor in a wide and varied repertoire. Equally at home in the traditional Lyric-Kavalier baritone repertoire and the world of operetta and classic musicals. Consequently, in the last two years, he has had particular successes as Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet and Fred/Petrucchio in Kiss Me, Kate.
In the 19/20 season he will appear as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro and Harry Easter in Street Scene for Opera North, as well as Fredrik Egerman in a production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Leeds Playhouse.
The 18/19 season saw him at Opera North, as Danilo/ The Merry Widow and Lt. Audebert in the UK premiere of Silent Night, commemorating the Great War, and returning to Welsh National Opera for Malatesta/ Don Pasquale.
In the 17/18 season he took part in the award-winning Little Greats Season at Opera North. Here he played Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (broadcast on SkyArts and OperaVision), and the Clock and Tomcat in L’Enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel. He then toured the Netherlands as Hamlet with Opera2Day (broadcast on OperaVision) and returned to Opera North’s production of Kiss Me, Kate as Fred Graham/Petrucchio, with performances in Leeds, Edinburgh, the Ravenna Festival and the London West End.
Even during his studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, he made his stage debut as Papageno for the Nederlandse Reisopera, subsequently singing in many of the major European opera houses, such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, and English National Opera, in roles such as Pantalon/ L'Amour des trois oranges, Harlekin/ Ariadne auf Naxos, Ottokar/ Der Freischütz, Malatesta/ Don Pasquale, Christus in a staging of Bach’s St. John Passion, and Don Giovanni.
He made his British debut at the Garsington Festival as Harlekin in 2007. He has subsequently become a regular visitor to the UK, building particularly strong relationships with the summer festivals at Grange Park, Garsington and at Opera North, with roles such as Der Graf/ Capriccio, Schaunard/ La Bohème, Dandini/ La Cenerentola, Guglielmo/ Cosí fan tutte, Yeletsky/ Queen of Spades, Demetrius/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Count/ The Marriage of Figaro, Sam/ Trouble in Tahiti, Danilo/ The Merry Widow, Lieutenant Audebert/Silent Night, and Fred-Petrucchio/ Kiss Me, Kate, which he has also performed for Welsh National Opera, and at the London Coliseum.
Quirijn is also an experienced recitalist, with an affinity for the works of Schumann, Wolf, Fauré, and modern American composers such as Barber and Rorem. He recently presented a series of performances of Die Winterreise and Dichterliebe in Holland.
Full recordings of Quirijn’s performances in the title role of Opera2day’s production of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet, and as Sam in Opera North’s production of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti can be seen on OperaVision.
Born in Holland of Dutch and Indonesian descent, Quirijn spent some of his childhood in Japan. After studying Biology at the University of Amsterdam, he studied singing at the Milanese Scuola di Musica, and received his Bachelors and Masters in Music and Opera at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.