Praised for a voice of "deliciously deep and rich," (Birmingham Post), Hong Kong baritone Michael Chun Ting Lam is a wide-ranging opera and concert soloist. He trained at 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, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Colline in Pucciniís La Bohème, Giorgio Germont(Cover) and Baron Douphol in Verdi's La Traviata for Midland Opera, Macbeth in Verdiís Macbeth for Leeds Youth Opera, Rigoletto(Cover), Count Ceprano and Court Usher in Verdiís Rigoletto for Bare Boards Opera, Renato(Cover) and Silvano in Verdiís 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 Rossiniís La Cenerentola for Red Earth Opera, Bonze and Imperial Commissioner in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for OperaUpClose R&D, Don Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Novella, Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così Fan Tutte for Moonlight Opera, Marco in Pucciniís Gianni Schicchi for London Gay Symphony Orchestra and William Griffiths, Ferrando(Cover) in Verdiís Il Trovatore for Opéra de Baugé, 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 Holstís Sāvitri, Le fauteuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges and Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire productions; David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge, and Argante in Armida (world premiere), a pasticcio of music by various composers, in Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music 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 in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni in 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; the baritone solo in Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with The Guild Consort Choir. He has also performed as the baritone soloist in ďAnother Night at the OperaĒ concert with Red Earth Opera, and ďA Night of CelebrationĒ and ďFrench ConnectionsĒ concerts with Midland Opera. He has given recitals in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, including one at the Hong Kong Citibank Plaza in the concert series organized by Musica del Cuore and one at St Andrew's Church Rugby as part of Rugby Festival Of Culture 2019.
A fan and advocate of contemporary music, Michael has performed many new pieces by young composers. 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. As a composer, Michael's compositions include solo ruan, solo piano, vocal and chamber works. His first concert étude for solo zhongruan, "Joy", was premiered in 2013. In 2018, he premiered his Chinese Art Song "On the Love of Lotus" at St Andrew's Church in Rugby. He has also composed music for a play, "The Way".
Besides performing as a singer, Michael 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. In addition to participating in large-scale concerts held in concert halls, such as "A Concert of Popular Chinese Music", Michael has also actively participated in Chamber performances in various community events, dinners and cocktail parties.
An enthusiastic educator, Michael 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. He has worked as an assistant vocal coach in K. Wah Opera Hong Kong summer school programme. In 2015, he organized his first studentsí 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.
Michael was a 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; 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. In 2017, he won the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize and the Ashleyan Opera Prize. He was the First Prize Winner of International Music Competition "Rome" 2018 and The North International Music Competition 2018. In 2019, he has been given the Gil Rodriguez Scholarship Award from Opéra de Baugé for having been identified as one of the singers who has the greatest potential in that year.
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