Adam Lau - Bass

Adam Lau, Bass

This summer, bass Adam Lau makes is debut with the Minnesota Orchestra ,singing the role of Lodovico in OTELLO. He also returned to the San Franciso Symphony to sing in BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY, having made his debut with that orchestra in December, 2015, singing MESSIAH.

Highlights of his 2016-17 season include his first Wagnerian role, that of Donner in DAS RHEINGOLD, in his return to North Carolina Opera.He will make his debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, singing the title role of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, followed by his Carnegie Hall debut, singing MESSIAH with The Oratorio Society of NY. In spring 2017, Mr. Lau will sing Mephistopheles in DAMNATION OF FAUST with Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by John Nelson, and return to Seattle Opera as The Speaker in THE MAGIC FLUTE.

In the 2015-2016 season Adam Lau first sang with the San Francisco Symphony as the bass soloist in Händel's MESSIAH. He also sang Mahler's 8th Symphony with Maestro Kent Tritle, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. These concerts were later commercially recorded. On the opera stage Mr. Lau returned to North Carolina Opera as Don Basilio  in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, and also participated in Dallas Opera's World Premiere of Mark Adamo's BECOMING SANTA CLAUS.

In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Lau made debuts with several important opera companies: including Dallas Opera, Antonio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; North Carolina Opera, Leporello in DON GIOVANNI and Opera Theater of St. Louis as Berardo in the American Premiere of Handel’s RICCARDO PRIMO. In summer 2015, he created the role of Papa San in the World Premiere of Jack Perla's opera, An American Dream with Seattle Opera.

Mr. Lau has appeared with some of the nation’s leading summer festivals including Merola Opera Center (Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia), Aspen Opera Theater Center (Leporello, Don Giovanni; Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte; George Wilson, The Great Gatsby), Santa Fe Opera (Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro; Commissario, La Traviata)

Recent credits include Baobab/Hunter in Portman’s The Little Prince with San Francisco Opera, Lane/Merriman in Berry’s World Premiere of the Importance of Being Earnest with the LA Philharmonic. With that orchestra, he covered Masetto in the Philharmonic’s first fully staged opera, Don Giovanni, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. In June 2013 he returned to Los Angeles where he covered Antonio and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, again conducted by Maestro Dudamel. Among his other leading roles are Figaro in le nozze di Figaro and Timur in Turandot.

Mr. Lau is equally at home on the concert and recital stages. Of his performance of the bass solos in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, the San Jose Mercury News remarked that “With the galvanizing entrance of bass Adam Lau, the performance was transformed.” In the summer of 2012 he made his San Francisco recital debut in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series as a part of the San Francisco Opera Center. In December 2013, he made his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut singing Händel’s Messiah led by Maestro John Nelson. In 2014, Mr. Lau had the privilege to perform again with Maestro Nelson as Raphael and Adam in Haydn’s Creation with Credo Chamber Music.

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 been a finalist and Audience Choice Award Winner in Houston Grand Opera’s 2011 Eleanor McCollum Competition. In 2013 he won First Place in the Young Patronesses of Opera Competition, was awarded the Santa Fe Opera Agnes M. Canning Memorial Award for Singers, received a Sullivan Career Development Award from the Sullivan Foundation, and won First Place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition. Mr. Lau has been a Regional Finalist in the Northwest Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Second Place Winner of the West Coast Regional MONCA.

Mr. Lau received his master of music degree at Rice University, and currently resides in San Francisco. 

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.”


“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.”


“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


“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.”



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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