Michael Lam is an operatic baritone from Hong Kong.
The baritone, Michael Chun Ting Lam was born in Hong Kong. Lam is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, with the generous support of Opera Hong Kong K Wah International Vocal Scholarship, Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Limited (FAMA) Vocal Scholarships and Birmingham Conservatoire Scholarship Fund. He gained his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he received a number of scholarships, including Welsh Male Choir Scholarship, the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund, Mr Ng Fung Chow Memorial Scholarships, The Hong Kong Children's Choir Chan Ho Choi Memorial Scholarship and Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship. He has studied singing with Cheng Yuk Man, Gerald Hon, David Quah and is currently receiving the guidance of Gwion Thomas. Passionate about opera, Lam has sung operatic roles as: Tonio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème for Midland Opera, Don Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Novella, Baron Douphol in Verdi's La Traviata for Musica Viva, and the Young Man 3 in Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (world premiere) for Opera Hong Kong; Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, The Forester in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, Bottom in Britten's A midsummer night's dream, and Dr Blind in Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts productions; Death in Holst’s Sāvitri, Le fauteuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges and Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in Birmingham Conservatoire productions. He has also sung main roles in excerpts from different operas, including Iago from Verdi's Otello, Marcello in Puccini's La bohème, Papageno and Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Other performances he has sung within include Menotti's Amahl and the night visitors, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Bizet's Carmen and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Lam has also performed actively as a concert soloist. His past concert engagements include the bass solo in Haydn's Nelson Mass with The Really Big Chorus and Hong Kong Police Choir, the baritone solo in J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D Major with Hong Kong Oratorio Society, HKOS Cantata Singers and HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers and, the baritone and bass solo in Felix Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht with Hong Kong Oratorio Society. He has also performed as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah Sing-along Concert organized by SingFest Choral Academy. In 2016, he has sung the bass solo in J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D Major with Village Voices UK. He has given a recital at the Hong Kong Citibank Plaza in the concert series organized by Musica del Cuore. A fan and advocate of contemporary music, Lam has performed many new pieces by young composers. Recently, he premiered two chamber works, Donald Boo's "Colour" and Larry Shuen's "Lantern Festiva", at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Recital Hall, and two vocal works by Anna Vienna Ho, a song cycle "Impression of life" and an Italian song "Aprile", at Weoley Hill United Reformed Church in Birmingham, UK. Besides performing as a singer, Lam frequently appears as a Zhongruanist. He started learning Zhongruan at the age of twelve and obtained the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Certificate in Zhongruan performance within a short space of time. He has studied Ruan, Liuqin, Sanxian and Pipa with Chu Man Kuen, Kwan Hau Man, David Chan and Kitty Lee. He was the leader and the principal Zhongruanist of Ng Wah Chinese Orchestra and, a Ruanist of Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Bright East Chinese Orchestra and Sze Nga Chamber Orchestra. He has also composed pieces for Zhongruan. His concert étude, "Joy", was premiered in 2013. An enthusiastic educator, Lam has been teaching Voice, Ruan and Liuqin privately for many years. He was a music tutor at Canon Music & Arts Centre, Greenery Music & Arts Center and Parkland Music Limited. In 2015, he organized his first students’ concert at Parsons Recital Hall in Hong Kong. In 2016, he has successfully organized "No Vocalists Allowed", an opera workshop for non-vocal major students, and an opera scenes concert at the New Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. He is a member of Hong Kong Music Tutors Union. Lam is prizewinner of numerous international and national singing competitions. He has won many prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival including the First Prize of Miss Barbara Fei Vocal Prize Final (Open) and Operatic Solo. In 2015, he has been awarded the First Prize of the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Festival Vocal Competition and the Excellent Prize of the 3rd Asian International Vocal Festival International Opera Contest. In 2016, he has won the First Prize in the International Music Competition 'London' Grand Prize Virtuoso Vocal Competition. In June, he has won the "Wyken" Rose Bowl, Bennett Cup, E Burton Cup and William Griffiths Prize in Leamington Spa Competitive Festival and the First Prize of Vocal class in Abergavenny Eisteddfod Y Fenni. He is the winner of Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize 2017 and The Ashleyan Opera Prize 2017.
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