Introducing Our New Artistic Director and Conductor, Dylan Langan

Dylan Langan is a Canadian conductor, composer, and baritone. He is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of Vera Causa Opera, the Assistant Conductor of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra under Judith Yan, and the newly-appointed Music Director of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Dylan was the Conducting Intern at Opera on the Avalon for John Estacio’s opera, Ours.

Dylan has composed (music & libretti), directed, conducted and produced four operas, including: Rise of the Roaches, The Death of Maria, Echo, and Madness. Recently, Langan was commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity to compose and produce a community opera from Canadian Author John Melady’s Double Trap; The Last Public Hanging in Canada. The work is set to premiere in Fall 2019. Other recent works include the internationally-performed 3 Lyrics for Soprano and Harp, and Chromatica; A Symphony, which will be premiering in Spring 2018.

He has performed as a baritone across Canada and internationally. Highlights include operatic features as Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La bohème (Edmonton), and Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Italy). As an oratorio soloist, Dylan has made appearances as the baritone soloist in the world premiere of Babel; A Choral Symphony by Stephanie Martin, the Bass Soloist in Haydn’s The Creation (Waterloo Chamber Players), and the bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Mass in C (WLU Orchestra, Laurier Singers). Dylan is a recipient of both the William Thompson Scholarship, and The Merriam School of Music Award.

I am really looking forward to working with the GYSO next season. The GYSO has a wonderful energy and a real passion for the music they play—it is a privilege for me to be able to work with these brilliant young minds. I know we will have a stellar developmental year in 2017-2018, one which is both fun and engaging!

If you have any questions, or would like to reach out, please feel free to contact Dylan at