Singaporean tenor Reuben Lai studied at the Guildhall in London under David Pollard and with Peter Alexander Wilson and Stephen Robertson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
While studying in Scotland, Reuben was selected to sing for numerous masterclasses and was the runner up for the prestigious Ye Cronies Opera Prize. He is also the first Singaporean to be awarded for the prestigious Samling scholarship and participated in public and private performances at the Sage, Gatehead in Newcastle with Sir Thomas Allen and Isobel Buchanan. He was also invited to sing for Jose Cura for an international project at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2008.
Recent operatic roles that Reuben has performed include Lenski in Evgeny Onegin, the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites. Described as a “…first rate tenor” by Opera magazine for his role as Truffaldino in L’amour des trios oranges by Prokofiev.
Reuben was in demand as a concert and oratorio singer throughout the UK, and his repertoire included Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and numerous masses. He was also until recently a full time member of the chorus at Glyndebourne opera, and covered the role of Bardolfo for them on tour.