Frère Laurent - Roméo et Juliette - Utah Opera - 2018

10.19.18 

THE UTAH REVIEW - HEATHER KING

"Adam Lau makes his Utah Opera debut as the thoughtful Frère Laurent who agrees to marry Romeo and Juliette and then helps Juliette escape a forced marriage to Count Paris and stuns with his bass vocals."

10.14.18

UTAH ARTS REVIEW - EDWARD REICHEL

"bass Adam Lau as the gentle Frère Laurent and tenor Christopher Oglesby as the hot-headed Tybalt stand out for their fine characterizations"

Sarastro - Die Zauberflöte - Kentucky Opera - 2018

09.19.18 

ARTS-LOUISVILLE - ANNETTE SKAGGS

"Throughout musical history it common that the villain of the story is performed by a bass. Sarastro is not necessary a bad guy, but nonetheless, he is performed by a bass. Lucky for us we have Adam Lau encapsulating those low Fs that few singers can reach."

Old Hebrew - Samson et Dalila - North Carolina Opera - 2018

04.29.18 

CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA - ROY C. DICKS

"Bass Adam Lau, a returning favorite here, sang the brief role of An Old Hebrew with such rich tone and solid production that his performance remains equally in the memory along with the principals."

Basilio - Il barbiere di Siviglia - Kentucky Opera - 2018

02.20.18

ARTS-LOUISVILLE - ANNETTE SKAGGS

"As soon as I heard Adam Lau as Basilio utter his first phrase I thought to myself, I bet he’d make a great Mephistopheles (It seems he has). With a distinguished basso, clear resonance, and delightful comedic reactions, he played Bartolo’s sidekick to the hilt. " 

Bass Soloist - Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall - Musica Sacra - 2017

12.23.17

HOLLYWOODSOAPBOX.COM - JOHN SOLTES

"The soloists consisted of soprano Kathryn Lewek, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, tenor Joshua Blue and bass Adam Lau. Each of them added energy and power to the evening’s arias and recitatives."

Bass Soloist - Mozart Requiem - San Diego Symphony - 2017

11.22.17

SAN DIEGO READER - GARRETT HARRIS

"Likewise, Bass Adam Lau could sing the role of Figaro at any house in the world and would be appropriate as The Count in smaller houses. When Lau began singing the Tuba mirum my heart rejoiced. The sound that poured out of his face hole was as dark and ominous as the grave, yet it remained beautiful and balanced."

11.21.17

SAN DIEGO STORY - KEN HERMAN

"This quartet—soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Colin Balzer, and bass Adam Lau—proved to be strong individually and even more so as an ensemble. The differences in their vocal colors and techniques disappeared when they united in the glorious “Benedictus,” for example."

King Creon - Medea - Wexford Festival Opera - 2017

02.01.17

OPERA NEWS - BRIAN KELLOW 

"...the superb bass ADAM LAU as Creon. Lau made a strong impression!"

10.19.17

OMM.DE/VERANSTALTUNGEN/FESTSPIELE2017/WEXFORD-2017-MEDEA.HTML - THOMAS MOLKE

"Adam Lau was her father, King Creon, with a profound bass. In the confrontation with Medea in the second act, he manages, with all authority and toughness, to implement the compassion that takes him for Jason's abandoned wife vocally with soft bows."

10.20.17

BACHTRACK.COM - ANDREW LARKIN

“while Adam Lau’s King Creon defended her powerfully.”

10.23.17

THE TELEGRAPH - RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN

“Ruth Iniesta (Glauce), Raffaella Lupinacci (Neris), and Adam Lau (Creon) all give vivid, stylish readings of their arias”

10.28.17

OPERA TODAY - CLAIRE SEYMOUR

“Adam Lau had just the right balance of weight and flexibility as King Creon and - despite his mundane garb - established a regal presence.”

11.03.17

OPERAWIRE.COM - ALAN NEILSON

"Parading around the fitness center or Medea’s apartment, King Creon, played by Adam Lau, had to suffer some of the more absurd consequences of updating the opera to the present day, such as when he threatens to expel Medea from his kingdom – which presumably referred to the fitness center. Nevertheless, he was vocally quite impressive, his dark resonant bass which has a rough gravelly texture, endowing him with the gravitas necessary to impose his authority over Medea."

 

Bass Soloist - Mostly Mozart Festival - Lincoln Center - 2017

07.29.17

BROADWAYWORLD.COM - RICHARD SASANOW

"a group of polished soloists from the opera world--soprano Brandie Sutton, tenor Jack Swanson, bass Adam Lau and, especially fine, soprano Janai Brugger and mezzo Jennifer Johnson Cano"

 

Mephistopheles - La damnation de Faust - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - 2017

03.14.17

THE TIMES UK - NEIL FISHER

"Adam Lau’s Satan was a considerably more attractive figure — this was a Mephisto you definitely could take home to your mother — and the

young bass had a suave plausibility that worked well until he dragged his client to Hell."

03.14.17

THE GUARDIAN - ALFRED HICKLING

"Adam Lau’s brilliant Mephistopheles, whose bold, dramatic singing off-book characterised the diabolic intent to drag the old scholar out of his

study."

Pilate - St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall - MasterVoices - 2017

02.09.17

BLOGCRITICS.ORG /CONCERTREVIEW - JON SOBEL

"Adam Lau’s operatically powerful bass and Jesse Blumberg’s milder baritone suited their roles of Pilate and Jesus respectively."

02.17.17

LA SCENA MUSICALE - CHARLES GEYER

"He and bass Adam Lau, as Pilate, masterfully ratcheted up the complex dramatic tensions between them, offering in rich detail the full arc of their 

two-character morality play within the larger theological and psychological superstructure of narrative recitatives and choruses, chorales and arias

surrounding it.

 

Bass Soloist - Messiah - Carnegie Hall - 2016

12.22.16

CLASSICALVOICEAMERICA.ORG - DAVID SHENGOLD

"Adam Lau, a genuine bass with an inky resonance recalling Ezio Flagello, performed commendably."

 

Figaro - Le nozze di Figaro - 2016

11.06.16

THE KANSAS CITY STAR - LIBBY HANSSEN

   

"This show was marvelously cast, all fine actors and impressive singers. Adam Lau’s Figaro was a smart, convincing character, easy to root for, a     

resounding voice without becoming ponderous."

11.06.16

KCMETROPOLIS.ORG - JESSIE RIGGINS

   

" Lau’s Figaro was polished and controlled, and shines in the vulnerable “Aprite un po’quegli occhi” (“Open your eyes”)."

11.09.16

THE INDEPENDENT - PAUL HORSLEY

"Of course no Figaro can succeed without a good Figaro, and Adam Lau delivers a witty and sophisticated version of the role, despite seeming a tad

too “madcap” at times...he demonstrates a tasteful feel for vocal embellishment"

Donner - Das Rheingold - 2016

09.16.16

CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA - KEN HOOVER

   

"Adam Lau as Donner was outstanding in his performance in the scene of clearing the mists."

09.9.16

TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - DUSTIN K. BRITT

   

"Adam Lau, as hammer-wielding Donner, was a bass of the highest order, with a clear and steady godlike voice."

 

Lodovico - Otello - Minnesota Orchestra - 2016

07.25.16

TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS - ROB HUBBARD

   

"But all of the principal singers exhibited strong yet subtle voices, with Eric Barry’s Cassio invariably engaging while the boisterous bass of Adam

Lau’s Lodovico resonated impressively."

 

Bass Soloist - Beethoven 9 - San Francisco Symphony - 2016

07.15.16

THE BERKELEY DAILY PLANET - JAMES ROY MACBEAN

 "“O Freunde, nicht diese Tone! Sondern lasst uns angenehmere anstimmen; und Freudenvollere.” (Oh friends, put aside these sounds! Let us be

more civil, and speak more joyfully.”) In this SF Symphony performance, these words were robustly sung by bass Adam Lau, who brought power

and clear diction to his interpretation. Following this introduction, Adam Lau began the Ode to Joy with the familiar, inspiring  words,   “Freude,

schöner Gotterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium” (“Joy, beautiful godlike spark, daughter of Elysium.”) Now the chorus enters, singing of the way all

men become brothers under the soft wings of Joy."

 

Basilio - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - 2016 

04.02.16

VOIX DES ARTS - JOSPEH A. NEWSOME

"The casting of Adam Lau, the fantastic Leporello in North Carolina Opera’s 2015 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as Rossini’s Don Basilio

was an instance of an ideal intersection of singer and rôle. A delectably conspiratorial—and kleptomaniacal!—presence in Act One, Lau delivered

the aria ‘La calunnia è un venticello’ with amplitude that packed the punch of a ‘colpo di cannone,’ only the final bars slightly compromised by

forcing. In the Act One finale, Lau voiced Basilio’s lines with sonorous aplomb. His collapse when ‘wounded’ by a flying pillow in the cleverly-

staged ‘battle’ between rival factions was worthy of vintage Rick Flair. As the centerpiece of the Act Two Quintetto, Lau amusingly sang and acted       Basilio’s befuddlement, willing both to suffer his sudden malady’s ill effects and to recover from them with equal rapidity depending upon which   

circumstance yielded the greater windfall. Vocally, Lau was as solid a Basilio as can be heard in any production of Barbiere today, a rival to the

exalted legacies of Ezio Pinza and Cesare Siepi, and he was fabulously buffo without being a buffoon."

 

04.01.16

CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA - KEN HOOVER 

 

"American bass, Adam Lau, has been praised as a "bass of real quality, with sonorous low notes." His portrayal of the music teacher, Don Basilio,

was solid musically and reflected a real understanding of comedic interaction."

4.02.16

THE NEWS & OBSERVER - ROY C. DICKS

"Adam Lau employs his booming bass humorously as music teacher Don Basilio"

Bass Soloist - Mahler 8 - St. John the Divine - 2016

02.26.16

SUPER CONDUCTOR BLOG SPOT - PAUL J. PELKONEN

"As the Pater Profundus, bass Adam Lau sang with a rich, dark tone"

Bass Soloist - Messiah - San Francisco Symphony - 2015 

12.18.15

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL MUSIC EXAMINER - STEPHEN SMOLIAR

"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. (Would anyone really expect him to read all the notes in his part for that air?)"      

 

Papa - An American Dream - Seattle Opera - 2015

08.21.15

OPERA NEWS - MARK MANDEL

"Black-timbred bass Adam Lau was solid as Kobayashi"  

08.22.15

SEATTLE TIMES - MELINDA BARGREEN

"Nina Yoshida Nelsen and Adam Lau were remarkably good as Setsuko’s parents"

08.22.15

CITY ARTS ONLINE - PHILIPPA KIRALY

"Bass Adam Lau as Papa Kobayashi...all are compelling in their acting, excellent in their singing"

08.25.15

CLASSICAL VOICE AMERICA - JASON VICTOR SERINUS

"As her parents, debut American bass Adam Lau and debut mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen were quite touching"

Berardo - Richard the Lionheart - Opera Theatre of St. Louis - 2015

06.16.15

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - JOHN VON RHEIN

"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." 

06.11.15

BROADWAY WORLD REVIEWS - STEVE CALLAHAN

"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."

06.09.15

LADUE NEWS - MARK BRETZ

"Adam Lau’s commanding bass brings persuasive power to Berardo"

06.09.15

THE OPERA CHASER

  

"In the smaller singing role of Costanza's servant Berardo -  nonetheless given loads of stage time and drive to the plot - Adam Lau opened the

night with impressive bass might and formidable stage presence. Berardo too wasn't left out of the chemistry of attraction for Costanza and Lau

adorably complied.

06.08.15

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH - SARAH BRYAN MILLER

 

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

 

06.08.15

KDHX - STEVE CALLAHAN

"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."

Leporello - Don Giovanni - North Carolina Opera, NC - 2015

04.20.15

VOIX DES ARTS  - JOSEPH NEWSOME

"From the first notes of ‘Notte e giorno faticar, per chi nulla sa gradir’ in Act One, Adam Lau was a Leporello who had the audience in the palms of

his hands. More impish opportunist than partner in crime, Mr. Lau’s Leporello was an ideal foil for Don Giovanni. There were both great fun and

a suggestion of a tender effort at dissuading Elvira from pursuing Giovanni in his performance of the aria 'Madamina! il catalogo è questo.’ He

caressed the melody of the andante con moto, 'Nella bionda egli ha l'usanza di lodarla la gentilezza,' gently flattering Ms. Clark’s becomingly

blonde Elvira. His patter in ensembles was barnstorming, and every vocal gesture was matched by physical comedy worthy of Buster Keaton. In

Leporello’s Act Two duet with Giovanni, 'Eh via, buffone, eh via, non mi seccar,' Mr. Lau sang splendidly, and his mimicry of Giovanni in

serenading Donna Elvira was sidesplitting...his address to the Commendatore’s monument in 'O statua gentilissima' was artfully-phrased. Mozart

and da Ponte wrote the rôle of Leporello so magically that a good singer can easily walk away with the laurels in a performance of Don Giovanni.

The high quality of his colleagues’ portrayals meant that Mr. Lau shared the laurels, but in both voice and demeanor he was a world-class

Leporello."

04.20.15

THE NEWS & OBSERVER - ROY C. DICKS

"As his loyal servant Leporello, bass Adam Lau combines a vividly sonorous voice with an astute comic sensibility, making him an audience

favorite."

04.19.15

OPERALIVELY.COM - LUIZ GAZZOLA

"Mr. Adam Lau was fabulous as Leporello, with a performance as good as any I've seen (and I've seen some mighty good ones). His Catalog Aria

was excellent, not to forget his phenomenal comedic timing and acting. A++"

04.18.15

CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA - WILLIAM THOMAS WALKER

"Manich has created a marvelous ensemble cast. Bass Adam Lau as Leporello has a flexible, rich, and solid voice and a real flair for comedy."

George London Foundation for Singers Competition - 2015

MAY 2015

OPERA NEWS - BRIAN KELLOW

    

"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."

02.28.15

VOCE DI MECHE - Meche Kroop

"A gifted singer can get the listener to appreciate an aria that he/she might not ordinarily enjoy, or a language one does not particularly favor. For

example, baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. and bass Adam Lau employed such fine English diction that we understood every word and considered their

performances two of our favorites...Mr. Lau gave a similarly superb performance of "Claggart's Aria" from Britten's Billy Budd, giving the role all

the bitterness and envy that was called for without ever compromising the requisite musicianship."

Don Alfonso - Cosi fan tutte - Naples Opera, Fl - 2015

02.22.15 

KNIGHTS ARTS FOUNDATION - SEBASTIAN SPRENG

 

"But the best performance was delivered by Adam Lau, an outstanding Alfonso in every sense, vocal as well as theatrical, and stylistically even

more accurante than his young colleagues."

02.08.15 

NAPLES DAILY NEWS - Harriet Howard Heithaus

"And as comic foils and machinators of the plot to get the women to cheat, Alfonso and Despina have the best roles. You can sense Lau relishing

his joke as he waves and weeps crocodile tears with the sisters, bidding the men safe passage to the military; “May the winds blow gently” is one

of the sweetest trios of the opera."

  

Raphael & Adam - Hadyn Creation - Severance Hall - Credo Music Festival - 2014

07.22.2014

CLEVELAND CLASSICAL - Daniel Hautzinger

"The soloists’ clear diction and expressive faces vividly brought the text to life, especially in recitatives...Lau was superb both as Adam and the

angel Raphael, his silky voice tender while professing his love for Eve, and noble and weighty while narrating the creation of the earth.

Performing much of his part from memory, he drew the audience further into the story through small gestures and sincere looks of joy and

wonderment."

Palémon - Thaïs - Florida Grand Opera - 2014

05.06.2014

OPERA NEWS - Jean-François LeJeune

 

"In the roles of Angelotti and Sciarrone, bass Adam Lau once again showed his versatility."

 

05.05.2014

EDGE MIAMI - Jack Gardner

 

"Bass Adam Lau opened the show as the abbot of the monastery, Palemon. Lau’s bass voice is as rich and resonant as ever and he delivers his

standard fine performance. In his two years as a member of the Young Artists Program, he has consistently delivered fine performance after

fine performance."

 

 

05.13.2014

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Greg Stepanich

 

"As Palémon, the California bass Adam Lau was excellent, as he always is, in another role that required him to don an enormous beard and

wear a robe; he has a true bass voice with substantial gravity and a lovely tone quality."

05.06.2014

CONCERTO NET - Jeff Haller

    

"Adam Lau uses his powerful bass as Palémon, leader of monks, to create a truly compassionate father figure for the order."

 

 

 

05.06.2014

THE SHOT GLASS REVIEW - Nate Sykes

 

"Opening inside the desert Cenobite monastery, the first voice we hear is the that of the monks. In this case it’s the deep, rich bass voice of

Young Artist Adam Lau. As the abbot, Palémon, Lau leads his brothers in prayer, and what a beautiful prayer it is. Lau’s bass voice has been a

real treat this season."

 

 

05.05.2014

MIAMI HERALD - Laurence Budmen

 

"Adam Lau brought a rich basso-cantante and stern gravity to the Cenobite leader Palemon"

05.12.2013

MIAMI ARTZINE - Steve Gladstone

 

"The Father Superior Palémon (bass Adam Lau) warned him of the dangers of mingling with worldly people, Lau’s basso cavernous and calm."

 

 

Angelotti & Sciarrone - Tosca - Florida Grand Opera - 2014

03.29.2014

CONCERTONET.COM - Jeff Haller

       

"Of the comprimarios we once again are treated to the brilliant voice and acting of bass Adam Lau. Finally, Angelotti looks like a man who

has just escaped prison. The long hair, beard and dirty clothes give the impression of a man living on the very edge; no disguise will help."

 

03.31.2014

MIAMI HERALD - David Fleshler

 

"Adam Lau was solid as the hunted Angelotti"

 

04.02.2014

THE SHOT GLASS REVIEW - Nate Sykes

  

"Lau’s bass voice is beautiful, deep and resonant. As a member of FGO’s Young Artist Studio Lau has had plenty to sing this season and once

again it’s easy to see why. Even costumed in rags he’s charismatic."

 

04.03.2014

EDGE MIAMI  - Jack Gardner

 

"Bass Adam Lau, a Florida Grand Opera Young Artist, plays both the Republican Angelotti in Act One and Scarpia’s servant, Sciarrone, in Act

Two.  Lau has a fantastic voice and it was nice to see him on stage in his Act Two character without a lot of character makeup or excess hair that

Bass singers are frequently plagued with."

 

04.03.2014

OPERAGASM.COM - Judy O. Marchman

 

"As always, Adam Lau did not disappoint. He did a wonderful job as both Angelotti and Sciarrone."

 

04.01.2014

KNIGHTS ART FOUNDATION - Sebastian Spreng

    

"The rest of the cast delivered convincing performances, among them Adam Lau, another member of FGO’s young artists program, in the            

roles of Angelotti and Sciarrone. Lau’s development year after year bears noting. "

 

 

Il Gran Sacerdote - Nabucco - Florida Grand Opera - 2014

 

01.28.2014

OPERA NEWS - Jean-François LeJeune

 

"Three FGO Young Artists gave strong performances...Adam Lau's deep bass once again delivered power and excellence as the High Priest"

 

01.28.2014

CONCERTONET.COM  - Jeff Haller

 

"Adam Lau as the High Priest continues his string of knockout performances in the character bass roles. This is a singer ready for the big

league; Florida Grand Opera should wisely snap him up for something more deserving."

 

 

01.27.2014

EDGE MIAMI - Jack Gardner

 

"Bass Adam Lau sang the role of the High Priest of Baal. Lau is a member of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Program and a regular on

the FGO stage. Disguised in a costume that made him nearly unrecognizable, Lau sang superbly with the quality and consistency that he is    

known for."

 

01.28.2014

EL NUEVO HERALD - Daniel Fernández

 

"Martin Nausspaumer and Adam Lau were very good in their minor roles Ismaele and the Priest of Baal”

 “Muy bien Martin Nausspaumer y Adam Lau en sus papeles menores de Ismaele y el Sacerdote de Baal”

 

 

01.31.2014

MIAMI ARTZINE - Steve Gladstone

 

"Other fine performances were given by bass Adam Lau (Priest of Babylon), soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste (Anna, Zaccaria’s sister), and tenor

Casey Finnigan (Abdalio, Babylonian soldier)."

 

 

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