The “excellent” (Kurier) young Hungarian mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng has earned international acclaim for her “ravishing” (Musik Heute) and “impeccable” talent. John Allison writes in The Telegraph that “she quickly showed herself to be a singer of great musical poise. …with rich and even tone rising to a pure top.”
Born in Budapest in 1986, Ms Láng studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna’s University of Music and the Performing Arts) with Claudia Visca. Her awards and honours include Prize Winner of the 2012 Emmerich Smola Competition, Third Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition and Prize Winner at the 2013 Mozart Academie competition in Aix-en-Provence.
The 2018/19 season saw Ms Láng return to the Hamburgische Staatsoper for the roles of Minerva in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and Hannah A. in Benjamin. She also performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Wiener Symphoniker and at the Wiener Konzerthaus under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Szenen aus Goethes Faust at Stichting Omroep Muziek in Utrecht as well as her debut at the Hugo Wolf Academy in November 2018 with a Loewe song recital with Milan Siljanov. In addition, Ms Láng gave several recitals including at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Julius Drake and at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Julius Drake and Sholto Kynoch.
Engagements of the 2019/20 season include; Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker conducted by Adam Fischer and Meg Page in Falstaff at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.
Previous seasons have seen her perform the following roles at Hamburgische Staatsoper: Angelina in Renaud Doucet’s La Cenerentola, Hermia in Simon Phillips’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2nd maid in Daphne, Vavara in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Flora in La Traviata, and finally Cherubino in a Stefan Herheim production of Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Ottavio Dantone. Ms Láng has also appeared at the Mannheim Nationaltheater where she performed the following roles: Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Flora in La Traviata, Smeraldine in The Love for Three Oranges and Mercédès in Carmen. At Malmö Opera House Ms Lang appeared as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, at Volksoper Vienna, Ms Lang appeared as Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, Nanette in Der Wildschütz, and the Page of Herodias in Salome At the Ruhrtriennale she performed Wellgunde from Rheingold under Theodor Currentzis.
A frequent performer on the recital and concert stage, Ms Láng has given recitals at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Matthias Lademann. She is a regular guest at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Julius Drake. In 2016 she made her Schubertiade debut with Helmut Deutsch and in 2015 she made her Wigmore Hall debut as part of the Rosenblatt Recital series again with Helmut Deutsch. Her concert appearances include Schumann’s Requiem für Mignon with Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna at Wiener Konzerthaus under Cornelius Meister; and Romeo Castellucci’s staged performance of St Matthew’s Passion at Hamburgische Staatsoper conducted by Kent Nagano.