Bio: 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 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 the world-renowned Hungarian tenor, Kiss B. Atilla.
Passionate about opera, Michael has sung more than 30 operatic roles and performed for opera companies in Asia and Europe in many major theaters and festivals, including Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva, Winslow Hall Opera, OperaUpClose, Passage Oper, Opéra de Baugé and more . His operatic roles include Macbeth (Macbeth), Tonio (Pagliacci), Renato & Silvano (Un Ballo in Maschera), Rigoletto & Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro & Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale), The Four Villains, Hermann & Peter Schlémil (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Colline (La Bohème), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Giorgio Germont & Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Sharpless & Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutti),
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 “Another Night at the Opera” concert with Red Earth Opera, and “A Night of Celebration”, “French Connections” concerts with Midland Opera, and “Virtual Voices Opera Gala” concert with Oxford Opera Society. He has also been giving solo recitals regularly, including the one at St Andrew's Church Rugby as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture 2019.
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. He won the First Prize in the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Festival Vocal Competition and the Excellent Prize in the 3rd Asian International Vocal Festival International Opera Contest in 2015. In 2016, he 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, The North International Music Competition 2018, International Music Competition "Таланты XXI века" 2021, Quebec International Music Competition 2021, International Music Competition "ИСКУССТВО! ДРУЖБА! МИР!" and IYMC Classical Music International Competition, among others. . In 2019, he has been given the Gil Rodriguez Scholarship Award from Opéra de Baugé for his outstanding contribution to the 2019 Operatic Season.