Dr. Ken Querns-Langley, FRSM, VHP
Dr. Querns-Langley is a Bel Canto specialist tenor with 20 roles including: Don Ottavio, Belmonte, Tamino, Almaviva, Idreno, title roles Roberto Devereux, La Clemenza di Tito & Otello (Rossini), roles in restored keys: Elvino Sonnambula & Percy Anna Bolena and adding Maria Stuarda, Mose, Elisabetta & Guillaume Tell. He is currently master teacher and the head of the Vocal Development programme at Olimpia College in Italy. He has a PhD in classical vocal pedagogy, bel canto historical performance practice and the reconstruction of historical singing practice. He has performed over 30 productions of opera & musical theatre, 20 master classes, recitals and concerts. He created the role of Bartholomew in the world premiere of Copernicus and Curley in the regional premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Ken received academic and vocal prizes totally over $60k. He served as voice department chair, music director & professor of acting at the Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts, and has 15 years teaching experience at his International Bel Canto Vocal Studio with students in Japan, Denmark, Lebanon, India, the UK and America. Ken is the founder and General Director of the London Bel Canto Festival.
In 1997, Ken changed voice teachers, and began vocal tuition with another Lyrico Spinto Dramatico Soprano, Georgyn Geetlein from the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Geetlein taught him how to bridge his passagio, and within a week was singing full-voiced 'Bb,' and soon thereafter the voice opened to a top ‘D.’ Ms. Geetlein studied with Madame Gregory at the Curtis Institute, then with the famed MET soprano Rose Bampton, who was trained by Queena Mario at The Curtis Institute of Music (who studied with Sembrich), then by Francis Alda and Lotte Lehmann, each in the tradition of Mathilde Marchesi (trained in the antique Spanish Manuel Garcia tradition).
After his time in London, Ken spent nearly two years in Modena, Italy where, for obvious reasons, he became fluent in Italian. During his time there he had the opportunity to spend two months in Venezia where he began to study with renowned voice teacher, Sherman Lowe, who is purported to be the "greatest teacher currently in Italy", and with whom Ken periodically continues to study. Also in Venezia Ken became good friends and subsequently coached with, a pianist Roberto Bertuzzi from La Scala di Milano and La Fenice opera houses.