Adam Lau - Bass


Adam Lau, Bass http://www.adampaullau.com/

American bass Adam Lau, praised as a “bass of real quality, with sonorous low notes,” continues a busy and active career with multiple operatic and concert dates in the 2017-2018 season. He will appear with Wexford Festival Opera as Creon in Medea; as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Kentucky Opera; and as the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila with North Carolina Opera. Concert appearances include the Mozart Requiem with the San Diego Symphony; Haydn’s Creation with Symphony Silicon Valley; and in December, Händel's Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall.

Most recently, Mr. Lau sang in Verdi's Requiem with Guelph Symphony Orchestra, returned to Seattle Opera as The Speaker in The Magic Flute, and performed in the Mahler 8th Symphony with Maestro Kent Tritle and the Berkshire Music Festival.  Last summer, he made his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra, singing the role of Lodovico in their concert performance of Otello. He also returned to the San Francisco Symphony for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, having debuted with that orchestra in 2015 with Messiah.

Other highlights of Mr. Lau’s 2016-17 season included his first Wagnerian role, that of Donner in Das Rheingold, in a return to North Carolina Opera. He made his debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, singing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, followed by his Carnegie Hall debut Messiah with The Oratorio Society of NY.  In the Spring of 2017, Mr. Lau returned to Carnegie Hall to sing Pilate in Bach’s St. John Passion with Master Voices.  He also made his international debut singing Méphistophélès in The Damnation of Faust with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by John Nelson. Mr. Lau’s 2015-2016 season marked his first appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, as the bass soloist in Messiah, as well as performances with North Carolina Opera as Don Basilio in Barbiere.

In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Lau made debuts with several important opera companies: North Carolina Opera (as Leporello in Don Giovanni) and Opera Theater of St. Louis, as Berardo in the American Premiere of Handel’s Riccardo Primo. In February 2015 he sang the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte for Opera Naples in Florida.

​Adam Lau won First Prize in the 2016 Jensen Vocal Competition, and Top Prize in the 2015 George London Foundation competition. He was also a finalist in the 2016 Dallas Opera Competition. He has appeared with some of the nation’s leading summer festivals including Merola Opera Center, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Santa Fe Opera.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Barry The Importance of Being Earnest Lane/Merriman
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles Louis XVI
Donizetti Viva la Mamma! Poeta
Harbison The Great Gatsby George Wilson
Massenet Thaïs Palémon
Morrison Oscar Leggatt/Butler
Mozart Don Giovanni Leporello
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Bartolo
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Antonio
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sprecher
Portman The Little Prince Baobab/Hunter
Puccini La Bohème Colline
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Simone
Puccini Tosca Angelotti/Sciaronne
Puccini Turandot Timur
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Don Basilio
Verdi Nabucco High Priest of Baal
Verdi La Traviata Barone

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Beethoven Symphony 9
Händel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Haydn Pauckenmesse
Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat Narrator

Press Acclaim

“Adam Lau’s BRILLIANT Mephistopheles. whose bold, dramatic singing off-book characterized the diabolic intent to drag the old scholar out of his study!”

THE DAMNATION OF FAUST, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The Guardian, Alfred Hickling

The strongest of them was Lau, which was probably just as well, since his airs tend to have the strongest dramatic impact. His committed internalization of “Why do the nations so furiously rage together” was so strong that he delivered the entire performance without opening his score. ”

Messiah with San Francisco Symphony

SF Examiner

“Also making a stunning impression was thirty-year-old bass Adam Lau, who displayed a uniformly beautiful tone and keen acting skills in Claggart’s aria from “Billy Budd”. Lau’s final “I will destroy you” seemed to hang in the air for some time after he finished singing.”

Brian Kellow, OPERA NEWS

Tai Oney’s puppy-doggish Oronte and Adam Lau’s Berardo had less to do, but each singer delivered the vocal goods convincingly. Lau is a bass to keep an eye on.

Chicago Tribune

Berardo is sung by bass Adam Lau, and he shows wonderful power. Admittedly, here the low beauty of his voice is blessed by being surrounded by an array of very high voices, but he is clearly an outstanding talent.

Broadway World

Bass Adam Lau was an attractive, sympathetic Berardo, the servant who saves Costanza, with an attractive, well-used voice.

St. Louis Today

The best performance was delivered by Adam Lau, an outstanding Alfonso in every sense, vocal as well as theatrical, and stylistically even more accurate than his young colleagues.

Sebastian Spreng KNIGHT ARTS

“…But the real find here was Adam Lau as the philosopher Colline. Lau, has a bass of real quality with sonorous low notes that project admirably. Lau gave an elegant performance of this very brief, but moving aria.”

Greg Stepanich, PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER

“Adam Lau as Don Giovanni’s base servant Leporello was the crowd favorite for his likable mimickry of a contemporary “gangsta rapper” look, while filling the theater with a compelling bass voice. His thuggish coat tugs and streetsmart strut along with his athletic crawling and groveling on the floor added a lot of excitement and humor to the show.”

Beeri Molaem, SAN JOSE CLASSICAL MUSIC EXAMINER

“Three FGO Young Artists gave strong performances… Adam Lau’s deep bass once again delivered power and excellence as the High Priest of Baal.”

Jean François LeJeune, OPERA NEWS

“Adam Lau as The Speaker did not disappoint- again, providing a wise and steadfast bass/baritone. Lau is really a very lovely singer, and I am very excited to watch this young man’s career.”

Judy O. Marchman, OPERAGASM

“Lau rendered a magisterial “Thus saith the Lord” …excitement bristled in Lau’s aria “Why do the nations so furiously rage together.” MESSIAH with MO. JOHN NELSON, CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Mary Ellen Hutton, THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

“Adam Lau’s contribution as Colline, gives a hint that his fouth act aria will land, which it does with honor and some Pinza-ish tone. Lau is one Young Artist to watch out for.”

Jeff Haller, CONCERTONET.COM

Media

Adam Lau, Bass, Claggart's aria, Billy Budd, Britten, George London Competition

Adam Lau, Bass, Di Due Figli ...Abbietta Zingara, Il Trovatore

Adam Lau, Bass, An die Musik, Schubert, FGO 2012

Adam Lau, Bass, Il Gran Sacerdote, Nabucco, Verdi  FGO, February, 2014

Adam Lau, Bass, Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte, FGO, 2012

Adam Lau, Bass, Raphael, Credo Music Festival, 2014

Adam Lau, Bass, Raphael recit: And God made the firmament, Wheaton College Artists Series, 2014

Adam Lau, Bass, Danse Macabre, Saint-Saëns

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