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Aidan Lang is the General Director of WNO. Prior to his appointment, he served as General Director of Seattle Opera from 2014-2019 and General Director of New Zealand Opera from 2006-2014.

He began his career as a Staff Director at Glyndebourne, before joining Welsh National Opera, where he directed the small tour productions of The Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel, as well as the mainstage production of Count Ory.

In 1990, he was appointed as the first Artistic Director of Opera Zuid, a then newly created touring company based in Maastricht in the Netherlands where his productions included Werther, Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni and The Cunning Little Vixen. Concurrent with this, he also held the positions of Director of Production at Glyndebourne Touring Opera where among others, he directed La bohème and the British première of Cornet Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death by Siegfried Matthus.

Between 2000-2006, he was Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival, and was also busy as a freelance director working around the world, including the first Brazilian production of Wagner's Ring at the historic Teatro Amazonas in Manaus. Other noted productions include Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Lisbon), The Turn of the Screw (Salzburg) and the British première of The Magic Fountain by Frederick Delius (Scottish Opera).

In 2006, he became General Director of New Zealand Opera, working there until to 2014. He was responsible for the expansion of the company's reach beyond its initial performing centers in Auckland and Wellington to include Christchurch, thereby rebranding New Zealand Opera as a truly national company serving the entire country.

In 2014, he moved to the US to become General Director of Seattle Opera. His tenure in Seattle saw a large growth of younger opera-goers, along with the development and opening of a new $60 million opera centre, which houses all of Seattle Opera’s operations, including dedicated facilities for its greatly expanded education and community engagement programmes.

In July 2019, he returned to WNO as its General Director.


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London Revival, 1983

Aidan Lang News

Seattle Opera Celebrates Milestone Season With 60th Anniversary Concert & Gala

The crowning event in Seattle Opera’s 2023/24 season is the star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert and Gala, a festive jubilee featuring a selection of gems from the operatic repertoire performed by some of the company’s best and most beloved singers.
Seattle Opera Announces Lineup For 60th Anniversary Concert

Seattle Opera announces lineup for 60th Anniversary Concert featuring world-class singers in a celebration of the company's artistic highlights. Join them on May 11, 2024, at McCaw Hall for an unforgettable evening of music and memories.
Welsh National Opera Reveals Christopher Barron as Interim General Director

Welsh National Opera has announced the appointment of Christopher Barron as Interim General Director.  He will take up the role in early January 2024.
Welsh National Opera's General Director Aidan Lang Will Step Down

Welsh National Opera’s General Director Aidan Lang will step down at the end of this year following four years in the role and more than 40 years working in opera globally. Learn more about Lang and the Opera here.
Welsh National Opera Announces 2023/2024 Season

Welsh National Opera has announced its 2023/2024 Season which includes four new productions, three of which WNO will be performing for the very first time.  
Rachel Duckett and Thando Mjandana Win The Voice of Black Opera Awards

Rachel Duckett and Thando Mjandana win the Voice of Black Opera Awards. The soprano and tenor were chosen as winners at the Grand Final concert of the competition, chosen by a panel of judges chaired by internationally renowned tenor and composer Tom Randle.
Finalists Announced for THE VOICE OF BLACK OPERA

Black British Classical Foundation has announced the five singers who have been chosen to advance to the Grand Final Concert of the Voice of Black Opera competition to be staged at Birmingham Town Hall on 5 December 2022.
Welsh National Opera Withdraws From Touring to Liverpool

Welsh National Opera has announced that it will no longer be able to tour to Liverpool, with immediate effect.  The decision has been made due to the substantial reduction in its public funding, which was recently announced, and as a direct consequence of that, the Company needs to introduce budget efficiencies. 
The Voice Of Black Opera Competition Set For December

Black British Classical Foundation has announced the 12 singers selected from around the world who will be in Birmingham next month for intensive preparations for The Voice of Black Opera (VOBO) Semifinals on 24 and 25 November, 2022. Each will be vying for the chance to be one of the five who will progress to the competition Final at Birmingham Town Hall on Monday 5 December, 2022.
WNO's Spring Season Arrives In Milton Keynes

Welsh National Opera brings Spring 2022 Season to Milton Keynes which features Mozart's Don Giovanni and Janáček's Jenůfa. The Company's critically acclaimed new production of Puccini's Madam Butterfly which opened in Autumn 2021 will also be performed during the Season.
Welsh National Opera Announces Its Autumn 2021 Season

Welsh National Opera has announced full details of its Autumn 2021 Season which features a new production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and WNO’s much-loved production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. A series of digital talks and events to explore the themes of Madam Butterfly are also planned. 
Baritone Gihoon Kim Crowned BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021

Learn all about the winner - Gihoon Kim, 29, who rose to win the ultimate prize against a record-number of singers from across the globe who entered, with 16 singers from 14 countries selected to take part in the final rounds of the competition, broadcast across BBC TV and Radio this week.
Welsh National Opera Announces 2021/22 Season

Welsh National Opera has announced that the Company will return to touring in Wales and England from Autumn this year. The details announced include touring opera productions, engagement and outreach work and orchestral concert activity. 
BWW Interview: Michael Chioldi of TOSCA at St. Paul's Cathedral

The New York City-based award-winning baritone and Pittsburgh, PA, native specializes in dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss
Conductor Michael Christie Leads The Welsh National Opera Orchestra In The BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World Competition

Grammy-winning conductor Michael Christie will lead the Welsh National Opera Orchestra to accompany finalists in the 2021 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World main prize competition. Staged without an audience in strict compliance with the latest health and safety government guidelines related to COVID-19, the competition takes place from June 12 – June 19, 2021 at St. David's Hall in Cardiff.
Seattle Opera and KING FM Partner in Single Location

In a time when many arts organizations are struggling to stay afloat, two companies dedicated to classical music have found a way not only to survive, but to thrive. Beginning in early 2020, Seattle Opera and KING FM 98.1 will be housed under one roof: the opera's civic home on the Seattle Center campus. While the Opera Center was completed in December 2018, the second-floor office has remained intentionally vacant. Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang said the company was looking for an organization to rent the space who shared a similar vision and mission.

At one point in time, a Seattle Opera ticket offered a relatively predictable experience: an enchanted night out, a grand presentation, and often a familiar telling of a popular work. But in the past few years, Seattle Opera has been inviting audiences to explore this art form from a different perspective. Prior to its May performances of Carmen, the company will hold a free panel discussion that will flip opera's depiction of the exotic "Other" on its head. On April 26, the company presents "Decolonizing Allure: Women Artists of Color in Conversation." 
Seattle Opera Presents CARMEN

Bizet's Carmen is often labeled as a sexy opera. The leading lady is a woman who sings unabashedly of her appetite for l'amour, cigarette smoke billowing from her lips. And the music some of the most iconic in the art form can't help but get under one's skin; it's that tuneful and seductive. This May, Seattleites will be able to experience this titillating opera for themselves through a new production of Carmen under the baton of Maestro Giacomo Sagripanti, who returns following The Barber of Seville ('17). Renowned British director Paul Curran and production designer Gary McCann will treat audiences to lavish sets and a multitude of stylish factory girls, townsfolk, smugglers, soldiers, and toreadors.
BWW Interview Part 1: Seattle Opera Eagerly Awaits New General Director

Christina Scheppelmann's name is eminently recognizable among opera aficionados worldwide
Christina Scheppelmann Appointed General Director Of Seattle Opera

Christina Scheppelmann will become Seattle Opera's fourth General Director in the company's 56-year history. Beginning in August 2019, she replaces Aidan Lang, who will become General Director of Welsh National Opera following the end of the 2018/19 season.


How many Broadway shows has Aidan Lang been in?

Aidan Lang has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Aidan Lang been in?

Aidan Lang has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Aidan Lang's first West End show?

Aidan Lang's first West End show was The Count of Luxembourg which opened in 1983

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