Dylan Langan is a Canadian Conductor, Composer, and Baritone. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vera Causa Opera (VCO). Previously, Langan has served as Music Director of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (2015-2018), and Conducting Intern at Opera on the Avalon (2016).
Through Vera Causa Opera (VCO), Langan has brought opera back to life in the Waterloo Region, Ontario through innovative and more connective methods of presentation. VCO regularly promotes and supports Canadian artists of all disciplines, including Canadian composers, who are given the opportunity to have a professional opera commission and premiere by VCO with a full orchestra, cast, and chorus at the organization’s annual summer event: Canadian Opera Fest. This season alone, Langan has created development opportunities for over 155 arts-oriented individuals.
Langan has composed (music and libretti), directed, and conducted seven operas, including: Rise of the Roaches, The Death of Maria, Echo, Madness, Little Red Riding Hood, Dracula, & The Village Girl / L'étrange et belle / La jugement. Upcoming opera premieres include Rapunzel and the Dino Opera (VCO | Double-Bill Winter 2020). Other compositions include two symphonies, and over 400 songs spanning across genres such as metal, rock, pop, funk, electronic, and classical. To hear a selection of Langan's creations, click here.
Langan has performed across Canada and internationally. He has been featured as Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème, Lorenzo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera NUOVA), Harašta and the Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Bob in the Canadian Premiere of In Your Face! (Kids Opera). He has also appeared as Giove in Cavalli's La Calisto (COSI), Carl Olsen in Street Scene, Elder McLean in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah (Halifax Summer Opera Festival), The Weeping Forest Spirit in the premiere of the Canadian opera Giiwedin, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and The Keeper in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.
As an Oratorio soloist, Langan has made appearances as the Baritone Soloist in the world premiere of Babel; A Choral Symphony by Stephanie Martin, the Bass Soloist in Hadyn's The Creation (Waterloo Chamber Players), and the Bass Soloist in Stravinsky's Mass in C (WLU Orchestra, Laurier Singers).
Langan is a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, the Bernice Adams Memorial Award, the William Thompson Scholarship, and the Merriam School of Music Award.