Elena Langer’s colourful, dramatic, appealing and often humorous music has become increasingly familiar to audiences through her operatic, vocal and orchestral pieces. Her 2016 hit for Welsh National Opera, Figaro Gets a Divorce, was described by Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph as 'that rare thing: a modern opera that exerts an immediate emotional impact'. Her WNO follow-up, the 2018 vaudeville Rhondda Rips It Up! was wildly popular with audiences across the UK; The Times calling it 'bursting with irreverent joy'.
Elena Langer studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and at the Academy. Her works have been performed at Zurich Opera, Carnegie Hall, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera National du Rhin, Welsh National Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hong Kong Academy of Arts and the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden. Harmonia Mundi released Landscape with Three People, a CD of Elena’s vocal and chamber pieces.
Elena’s The Dong with a Luminous Nose, setting of the romantic "nonsense poem" by Edward Lear for chorus, orchestra and cello, was co-commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Boston.