Quirijn de Lang is widely known as an exceptional singing actor in a wide and varied repertoire. Equally successful as Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet and Fred/Petrucchio in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, he is at home in the traditional operatic baritone repertoire as well as the world of operetta and classic musicals.
He was performing as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Harry Easter in Street Scene for Opera North, when the Covid-19 lockdown came into effect.
Now his delayed debut as Fredrik Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music will take place on June 26 at the Leeds Playhouse and run until mid-July.
Together with pianist Eke Simons, Quirijn de Lang presents a song program: De Stille Stad, The Quiet City, which describes the turmoil of the 2020 Covid-lockdown, throughout the Netherlands at the end of August.
Later in the year, he returns to Opera North as Sam in their celebrated production of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
The 2018/19 season saw him at Opera North, as Danilo/The Merry Widow and Lt. Audebert in the UK premiere of Puts' Silent Night, and returning to Welsh National Opera as Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
During the 2017/18 season, Mr. De Lang 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 professional 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/Così fan tutte, Yeletsky/Pikovaya Dama, Demetrius/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Count Almaviva/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 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.
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.