Philip Langridge CBE
(16 December 1939 – 5 March 2010)
Philip Langridge was an English tenor, considered to be among the foremost exponents of English opera and oratorio, particularly the works of Benjamin Britten.
He was often regarded as the successor to Benjamin Britten's life-long partner (and preferred tenor), Peter Pears, because they shared similar vocal qualities, bringing uncommon "immediacy" to the music they performed.
He recorded many of Britten's most famous roles, including Peter Grimes and the Prologue/Quint, in "The Turn of the Screw". He was also a celebrated Peter Grimmes and Captain in Billy Budd.
Here pictured is Philip Langridge as the captain in Billy Budd.
He was married to Irish soprano Ann Murray.