Michael Lam

Michael Lam

Baritone

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«"Michael Lam made a strong impression with his appearance as Christian." - Yehuda Shapiro»
OPERA MAGAZINE (2017) (2017)
«"Michael Lam's statuesque portrayal of Death, with a bass that shook the rafters, looked good and avoided sounding like a pantomime villain" - Richard Bratby»
BIRMINGHAM POST (2016) (2017)
«"Right from the start, and Michael Lam (Tonio)’s ringing, black-voiced Prologue, this really did pull you into the drama..." - Richard Bratby»
BIRMINGHAM POST (2016) (2017)
2017Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraSilvano (cristiano)
2017Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2016Leoncavallo: PagliacciTonio
2016Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLe Fauteuil
2016Holst: SavitriDeath
2015Puccini: La BohèmeColline
2015Strauss J.: Die FledermausDoctor Blind
2014Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2013Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenForester (gamekeeper, Revírník)
2012Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamBottom

Bio

Hong Kong baritone Michael Chun Ting Lam graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary, as a recipient of the Joseph Weingarten Scholarship. He received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was awarded the St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction and was supported by 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. Prior to that, he gained his Bachelor of Music 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 Klemens Cheng, Gerald Hon, David Quah, Gwion Thomas and Kiss B. Atilla.
Passionate about opera, Michael has sung operatic roles as: Tonio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème for Midland Opera, Renato(Cover) and Silvano in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera for Winslow Hall Opera, The Four Villains(Cover), Hermann and Schlémil in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann for Passaggio Oper, Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Red Earth Opera, Don Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Novella, Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in William Griffiths production, 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; David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge, and Argante in Armida, an opera-patchwork on the same theme of operas by different composers with contemporary music reflections, in the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music productions. He has also sung main roles in excerpts from different operas, including Iago in Verdi's Otello, Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così Fan Tutte, Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Michael 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 bass solo in J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D Major with Hong Kong Oratorio Society, HKOS Cantata Singers and HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers; the baritone solo and bass solo in Felix Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht with Hong Kong Oratorio Society; the bass solo in Handel's Messiah with Hong Kong SingFest; the bass solo in J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D Major with Village Voices UK; the baritone solo in Faure's Requiem with Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society. In 2017, he has performed as the baritone soloist in “Another Night at the Opera” concert with Red Earth Opera, and “A Night of Celebration” concert with Midland Opera.
Michael was a prizewinner of numerous international and national singing competitions. He 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. Lam won the First Prize in the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Festival Vocal Competition and the Excellent Prize in the 3rd Asian International Vocal Festival International Opera Contest in 2015. In 2016, Lam won the First Prize in the International Music Competition 'London' Grand Prize Virtuoso Vocal Competition; 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 was the winner of Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize 2017 and The Ashleyan Opera Prize 2017.



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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Lindorf/coppélius/mirakel/dapertutto 1 week 2018
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Hermann 1 week 2018
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Peter Schlémil 1 week 2018
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera Silvano (cristiano) 24 hours 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Conte d'Almaviva 1 week 2017

Awards

St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction
2017
First Prize of The 2nd Hong Kong International Music Festival Vocal Competition
2017
Winner of The Ashleyan Opera Prize
2017
First Prize in the International Music Competition 'London' Grand Prize Virtuoso Vocal Competition
2017
winner of Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize 2017
2017
Wyken" Rose Bowl, Bennett Cup, E Burton Cup, William Griffiths Prize in Leamington Spa Competitive Festival Vocal Competition 2016
2017
Recipient of the Joseph Weingarten Scholarship
2017
Recipient of Opera Hong Kong K Wah International Vocal Scholarship
2017
Recipient of Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Limited (FAMA) Vocal Scholarships
2017