May 11, 2019

Get to know Keith Lam, baritone

Keith Lam has been a member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 2012.He was first introduced to Tafelmusik as a participant in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute from 2009 to 2012. Born in Hong Kong, he can be found on stages in Toronto and further afield, most recently with the Bicycle Opera Project, Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Opera Atelier, and Soundstreams.

When did you first start singing? 

I started singing for fun as a kid, but didn't start vocal lessons until the time came to decide what instrument to major in at university. My mother told me she had a friend who took voice lessons and suggested that

I try it out. After the first lesson, I knew singing professionally would be my calling. Thanks Mom!

What was your first music gig?

I don't recall which was the first official gig — I probably did a few things here and there during my university days. But when I finished my degrees at Queen’s (Kingston) and Western (London), the first show I did after moving back to Toronto was called the Count of Luxembourgwith Toronto Operetta Theatre. I continued to work with TOT for a few years, and I'm very grateful to Bill Silva, who mentored me through the early days of my career.

What is your favourite music to listen to?

I don't usually listen to classical music, unless I have to do research for an upcoming project. It’s great, but it’s work, so I would rather listen to something else in my off-time. I love to dance to 80s or 90s music, or listen to the latest music theatre hits, but I will always go back to Alanis Morissette for comfort.

What are the last 3 pieces you’ve listened to? 

• Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack

• Requiem by Herbert Howells

• Freddie Mercury/Queen on shuffle

What is your favourite thing to do in Toronto during your free time?

Read Full Story