Bass solos - Handel's Messiah w/ Mo. John Nelson - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - 2013

12.23.2013

THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER - Mary Ellyn Hutton

 

    "Lau rendered a magisterial “Thus saith the Lord”…Excitement bristled in Lau’s aria “Why do the nations so furiously rage together,” "

 

 

Apprentice Showcase - Santa Fe Opera - 2013

 

08.19.2013

FROM THE DESK OF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JONATHAN PELL, SANTA FE - PART VII   -  Jonathan Pell

 

    "There were quite a few interesting singers, but for me two of the standouts were the young basses, Patrick Guetti as “Achille” in the Handel

    and Adam Lau, who displayed extraordinary versatility by appearing as “Claggart” in BILLY BUDD and “Mustafa” in L’ITALIANA.”

 

 

Antonio - Le nozze di Figaro - Santa Fe Opera - 2013

 

November 2013

OPERA NEWS - Simon Williams

 

    “Santa Fe apprentices Adam Lau, Rachel Hall and Jonathan Winell gave nicely judged cameos as Antonio, Barbarina and Don Curzio, 

    respectively.”

 

 

08.08.2013

CONCERTONET.COM  - Paul du Quenoy

 

    "Adam Lau's Antonio stole the character's scenes."

 

 

08.05.2013

IONARTS - Charles T. Downey

 

    "First-year apprentice Adam Lau was a funny drunk as the meddling gardener, Antonio."

 

 

08.10.2013

THEATER JONES NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS REVIEWS - Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

 

    "Adam Lau is delightful as the gardener Antonio, who may or may not have been as drunk as those caught red-handed make him out to be. It’s

    a nice twist."

 

 

08.19.2013

OPERA TODAY - Maria Nockin

 

    "apprentice Adam Lau created a memorable character as the drunken gardener"

 

 

08.24.2013

VOCE DI MECHE - Meche Kroop

 

    "As her bibulous father Antonio we heard apprentice Adam Lau who was so effectively made up that we didn't recognize him."

 

 

07.02.2013

SANTA FE REPORTER - John Stege   

   

    "To paraphrase the old saw, there are no minor roles, just minor singers. Nobody’s minor here...apprentices Adam Lau

    (Antonio) and Rachel Hall (Barbarina) make swell impressions."

 

 

06.29.2013

OPERAWARHORSES.COM

   

    "Care was taken also in the casting of each of the five smaller roles. The gardener Antonio is the promising Adam   

     Lau."

    

 

Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition - May 2013

   

04.30.2013

EDGE MIAMI - Jack Gardner

 

    “Bass Adam Lau, from San Francisco, CA won first place by presenting the judges with spectacular renditions of  

    Britten’s "O Beauty, O Handsomeness, Goodness" and Rossini’s "Deh! Ti ferma ti placa...Que' numi." Lau, a current

    member of the FGO Young Artists Studio, was seen this year in "La Bohème," "Die Zauberflöte," "La Sonnambula" and

    "La Traviata." 

 

 

Barone - La traviata - Florida Grand Opera 2013

 

05.01.2013

HOTSPOTSMAGAZINE - Billy Masters

 

 

    "This company has a knack for ideal casting, down to the smallest role. The part of the Baron, for example, was sung by

    Adam Lau, who stood out (as he did in "La Sonnambula") as a singer with a bright future. 

 

 

04.25.2013

KNIGHTSARTS.ORG - Sebastian Spreng

 

 

    “The musical department offers welcome reliability and pleasant surprises. The chorus is excellent, the supporting case  

    is effective (especially Adam Lau’s Baron and Graham Fandrei’s Doctor) and the leading singers execute estimable

    performances.

 

 

04.22.2013

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Greg Stepanich

 

   

    "Adam Lau, whose large, sonorous instrument has been a pleasure to hear in FGO's La Bohème and Die Zauberflöte    

    earlier this season, was an effective Baron Douphol"

 

 

04.21.2013

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW - David Fleshler

 

    "Of the secondary roles, the most notable was Adam Lau as the Baron, pompous in red sash and muttonchops, whose  

    sonorous bass provided a firm underpinning to the ensemble section that closes the second act.

 

         

Alessio, La sonnambula, FGO 2013

 

02.10.2013

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW - David Fleshler

 

    “The bass Adam Lau, who sang Alessio, revealed a sonorous voice in the Act 2 scene with Lisa, a voice that could be

    put to better use in the future than the thankless role of this sad sack who spends the opera whining for Lisa to marry

    him.” 

   

 

02.10.2013

MIAMICLASICA - Sebastian Spreng

 

    "The young ensemble singers showed assimilation of this important legacy with a homogeneous vocal performance.  

    Both Hyng-Young Lee - a Lisa in the tradition of the soubrette - Cynthia Cook (Teresa) and again remarkable Adam

    Lau (Alessio), three Young Artist Program participants were able to frame the protagonists."

 

    El joven ensamble de cantantes demostró la asimilación de este legado fundamental con un desempeño vocal

    homogéneo.Tanto Hyng-Young Lee – una Lisa en la tradición de la soubrette -, Cynthia Cook (Teresa) y el otra vez

    destacable Adam Lau (Alessio), tres participantes del Young Artist Program supieron enmarcar a los protagonistas.

 

 

02.11.2013

OPERAWARHORSES.COM

 

    “In the smaller roles Catherine Cook and Adam Lau were welcome as, respectively, Teresa and Alessio….Adam Lau   

    showed high promise in the small role of Alessio, who is enamoured of Lisa, and whom we assume turned out to be

    her bridgegroom once it was clear she had lost Elvino for all time.”          

        

 

02.12.2013

OPERAGASM - Judy O. Marchman

 

    “Adam Lau as Alessio was very accomplished and brought a bright spot to the cast. His voice delivered personality

    and abundance.”   

 

 

02.14.2013

ARTBURSTMIAMI - Celeste Fraser Delgado & Fernando Landeros

 

    “Adam Lau, once again, excelled as her unrequited lover.” 

 

 

Sprecher - Die Zauberflöte - Florida Grand Opera, 2013

 

01.26.2013

CONCERTO.COM - Jeff Haller

 

    "The Speaker of Adam Lau and Matthew Maness's Monostatos show young performers ready for bigger challenges."

 

 

01.27.2013

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW - David Fleshler

 

    "As the Speaker, Adam Lau was dignified in both manner and voice."

           

 

01.30.2013

OPERAGASM - Judy O. Marchman

 

    "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.  

 

 

01.30.2013

DIARIO LAS AMERICAS - Rudolf F. Moreno

 

    "Adam Lau with his beautiful bass voice, as the “Speaker”, contributed to the rest of the “comprimarios”, to enhance this 

    opera."

   

 

01.30.2013

MIAMI ARTZINE - Steve Gladstone

 

    "Basso Adam Lau, last heard as Colline in FGO’s La Bohème, plays the long-bearded wheel-chaired Sprecher, giving

    Tamino entrance to the temple, singing as naturally as one speaks, advising Tamino to “trust in wisdom.” 

 

 

01.31.2013

MIAMI SUNPOST - Tony Guzman

 

    "Adam Lau lends considerable depth, along with his rich, resonant bass to the part of a sage counselor in the Temple of

    Wisdom."

 

 

02.01.2013

MIAMI CLASICA - Segun Sebastian Spreng

 

    “The rest of the cast, Adam Lau stood out as an excellent speaker while others fulfilled their assignments effectively”

    Del resto del elenco, se destacó Adam Lau como excelente Orador mientras los demás cumplieron eficazmente con sus

    asignaciones”

 

 

02.14.2013

ARTBURST MIAMI - Celeste Fraser Delgado & Fernando Landeros

 

    “Unlike, say, ballet, basketball, and mathematics, opera is an endeavor where talent deepens with age…With his

    thrilling, true bass, Lau has been a consistent highlight of this season, and we couldn’t help wishing he’d had a turn as

    the high priest. So much for our theory about age.”

 

 

02.25.2013

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Greg Stepanich

 

    “Adam Lau, who was a good Colline earlier this season in FGO’s La Bohème, sang the Speaker with a rich, deep voice

    that has a big lower compass that would have been useful for Sarastro.” 

 

 

Colline - La bohème - Florida Grand Opera 2012

   

11.17.2012

CONCERTONET.COM - Jeff Haller

 

    “Rounding out the quartet are two good actors, Adam Lau as Colline and Ryan Milstead as Schaunard. The four make

    a good combination in that the personalities remain distinct...Lau's contribution gives a hint that his fourth act aria will

    land, which it does with honor and some Pinzaish tone. Lau is one young artist to watch out for.”

         

 

11.18.2012

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW - David Fleshler

 

    “As Rodolfo’s other two friends, the singers captured the easy camaraderie of their bohemian life and rose to the

    occasion for their solo moments… As Colline, Adam Lau brought as much pathos as he could in addressing an article

    of clothing as he said farewell to the overcoat he had decided to sell to help the dying Mimì.” 

    

 

11.21.2012

ARTBURST MIAMI - Celeste Fraser Delgado

 

    “Adam Lau, a member of FGO’s Young Artists Program, was in strong voice throughout as Rodolfo’s friend Colline,

    and was especially moving in his aria in Act Four, where he decides to sell his beloved coat to raise money for Mimi’s

    medical care.” 

 

 

11.21.2012

DIARIO LAS AMERICAS - Rudolph Moreno

 

    “Also successful were the roles of “Colline” sung by bass Adam Lau, performing his aria “Vecchia zimarra”, where he

    displayed a sonorous lower register” 

 

 

11.22.2012

MIAMI SUN POST - Tony Guzman

 

    “As the philosopher, Colline, bass Adam Lau … sang Colline’s farewell to his coat, “Vecchia zimarra,” in Act Four

    handsomely and drew a nice hand.”

 

 

11.27.2012

OPERAGASM - Judy O. Marchman

 

    “Adam Lau’s Colline was another wonderful addition to this strong cast. I waited the entire opera to hear his

    Vecchia zimarra senti, having admired his strong bass in Act I. I was duly impressed with his portrayal of impending

    loss and sacrifice. Many times this aria seems out of context, as though it stops the opera for too long a moment

    overshadowing the distraught Mimì. However, Lau gave a magnanimous performance without stopping the action.”

 

 

11.26.2012

MIAMI ARTZINE - Steve Gladstone

 

    "After Mimì appears cold and sick, Colline (Adam Lau) leaves to pawn his overcoat – “Vecchia zimarra” ("Old coat") –

    to buy her a muff to keep her hands warm. Leave it to a bass to deliver this dirge, Lau investing the deep emotions

    critical to the scene."

 

 

11.27.2012

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Greg Stepanich

 

    “In the ancillary roles of Schaunard and Benoit/Alcindoro, both Ryan Milstead and Craig Colclough, respectively,   

    performed ably, but the real find here was Adam Lau as the philosopher Colline. Lau, a Californian, has a bass of real

    quality, with sonorous low notes that project admirably. Sometimes audiences forget to give Colline his props for his

    Vecchia zimarra in Act IV, but not Wednesday; Lau gave an elegant performance of this very brief, but moving, aria.” 

 

West Bay Opera’s Production of Don Giovanni (2012):

 

02.17.2012

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE - Georgia Rowe

 

     “As Leporello, bass Adam Paul Lau …. came into his own as the evening progressed, deploying muscular tone and displaying

    impressive breath control in the Act 2 sextet. Cilli and Lau managed some very funny moments of roughhousing in their

    duets.”

 

02.20.2012

SAN JOSE CLASSICAL MUSIC EXAMINER - Beeri Moalem

 

    "Adam Paul 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 small 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.”

 

 

02.22.2012

ALMANAC NEWS - Kevin Kirby

 

    “Adam Paul Lau's Leporello is less a servant than a one-man entourage, a hanger-on who watches Giovanni's back and provides

    a bit of street cred. Lau has good comic instincts and a resonant bass voice. He wisely avoids playing Leporello as a clown,

    delivering his arias with a wry smirk and keeping the character physically grounded with a sort of hip-hop slouch. If there's

    any problem with Lau's performance, it's that he occasionally overpowers Cilli vocally.”  

 

 

02.22.2012

SAN FRANCISCO SPLASH - Philip G. Hodge

 

    “His go-to man indeterminate age, seedy-looking, street-smart.  Adam Paul Lau demonstrated his acting ability in a role  totally

    different from his appearance as the ancient Timur in last year’s Turandot.”

 

 

Basilio - Il barbiere di Siviglia - San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Program 2011

 

08.05.2011

THE OPERA TATTLER

 

    "Adam Lau was quite funny as Don Basilio, his low notes projected well, without being gravelly."

 

 

08.05.2011

NFFO.BLOGSPOT.COM - Axel Feldheim

 

    "Bass Adam Lau was a ridiculous, vaguely indecent, Don Basilio. He has a big voice which he modulates well, & he seemed to

    have fun wearing his absurd powdered wig with its erect ponytail."

 

 

08.06.2011

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE - Janos Gereben

 

    "Diction — unexpectedly good all around among the young singers who come from various countries, though none from Italy

    — made a difference between the two Basilios. Both the first cast's Adam Lau and the second's Peixin Chen (from Inner

    Mongolia) have big voices, but Lau (raised near North Beach) aced communication, which is so important for this role. (And

    important in all opera.)"

 

 

08.06.2011

A BEAST IN A JUNGLE - Liliane Hunt

 

    "All of these pleasures aside, the unexpected highlight of the performance (besides Michie's stunning presence) was Adam

    Lau's Don Basilio. Not only did he deliver vocally, but Lau has one of the most expressive faces I've seen on a stage- in any

    medium. He's simply a terrific, very funny actor. This particular cast worked extremely well as a comedic ensemble."

 

 

08.10.2011

SFist.com

 

    "San Francisco's own Adam Lau was a powerful Don Basilio"

 

 

San Francisco Merola Grand Finale (2011):

 

08.20.2011

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE - Jason Victor Serinus

 

    "San Francisco bass Adam Lau, 27, coupled vocal authority with a terrific low note in his duet with Maynard from Bellini’s

    Puritani."

 

 

08.21.2011

NFFOBLOGSPOT.COM - Axel Feldheim

 

    “In a call-to-arms scene from I Puritani, bass Adam Lau was a reliable warrior, sounding loud but controlled.”

 

 

09.02.2011

INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER - Iris Lorenz-Fife

 

    “Two Bay Area men – bass Adam Lau (San Francisco) and baritone John Maynard (Orinda) gave us “Il rival salvar tu

    dei…Suoni la tromba” from Bellini’s I Puritani.  Both had the requisite passion but the beauty of Lau’s bass dominated

    Maynard’s baritone.”

 

 

Timur - Turandot - West Bay Opera 2011

 

02.20.2011

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE - Janos Gereben

 

    "Adam Paul Lau's sonorous Timur and Liisa Dávila's simple, understated Liu made major contributions to the performance."

 

 

Leporello - Don Giovanni - Aspen Opera Theater Center 2011

 

09.06.2009

OPERA TODAY - Wes Blomster

 

    "Yet even more perfect in Aspen was his servant Leporello, portrayed with breathtaking immediacy by Adam Paul Lau, now a

    graduate student at Rice University. Too often reduced to a merely comic character, Lau understood the serious side of

    Leporello, his disgust with his master’s devious way and — at the same time — the desire to be like him. He really is the Don’s

    double.”

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