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Bass ADAM LAU (Lane / Merriman) recently completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Whitman College. Recent credits include Timur (Turandot) at West Bay Opera; Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Symphony and Opera Academy of the Pacific; the Bartender (Bolcom’s A Wedding) at Music Academy of the West; Masetto (Don Giovanni) at Rice University; and Dr. Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and King Louis XVI (Corigliano’s The Ghost of Versailles) with the Aspen Opera Theater Center. In 2008, he made his San Francisco Opera debut as a Baobab/Hunter (Portman’s The Little Prince).
Lau placed second in the Western Regional finals of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2008, he won an Encouragement Award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and was the recipient of the 2008 California Federation of Music Clubs Full Fellowship in Voice. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to sing in the Martin Katz master class at Carnegie Hall in The Song Continues Festival sponsored by the Marilyn Horne Foundation. In 2010, he won first place in the Henry & Maria Holt West Bay Opera Competition, and won the Portland District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions along with the audience favorite award.
In 2011, he made his debut as Timur in West Bay Opera’s production of Turandot. He was also a finalist in both the Norwest Region MONCA and the Houston Grand Opera McCollum Competition. During the Houston Grand Opera competition he won the Audience Choice Award. He is thrilled to be returning home to San Francisco in the summer of 2011, where he will be joining the Merola program. He will be singing the role of Basilio in their production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.