Critical acclaim for La Cenerentola

    Dane's conducting at Opera Holland Park impresses critics and audiences alike.

    London, United Kingdom


    Reviews from Summer 2016 for Dane's leadership of Oliver Platt's "La Cenerentola":


    "As ringleader in the OHP big top, Dane Lam was endlessly energetic and uncompromising on rhythmic detail."

    -Flora Willson for The Guardian


    "There’s spirit to Dane Lam’s conducting, baton clutched in his left hand."

    - Geoff Brown for The Times


    "Conductor Dane Lam supports [the singers] well, keeping things moving while allowing ample space for the sugar-coated moments."

    - Nick Kimberly for the Evening Standard


    "He was able to get the kind of precision in the complex ensembles that one expects of a top Italian maestro in this repertoire ... Thanks to Lam's witty and precise conducting, the ensembles went with an authentically madcap Rossinian zing."

    - Hugh Canning for Opera Magazine


    "Dane Lam conducted with style and swing, and even found some real emotional gravity in the few brief scenes devoted to the opera’s most intriguing character by a mile, the philosopher Alidoro."

    - Richard Bratby for the Spectator


    "The City of London Sinfonia gives an inspired performance under the young Australian conductor Dane Lam. The zip never falters and the pace is sustained on stage by the chorus."

    -Claire Colvin for the Sunday Express


    "Playing from the City of London Sinfonia under Dane Lam fulfilled the three Ps of good Rossini comedy: pert, perky and playful."

    - Dominic Lowe for Bachtrack


    "The young Australian Dane Lam’s conducting is precise and spirited, encouraging the company’s lively chorus to give of their best and the City of London Sinfonia to convey Rossini’s score with clarity and focus."

    -George Hall for The Stage


    "With a City of London Sinfonia on top form, the youthful conductor Dane Lam takes no prisoners with his brisk tempo choices. He puts Rossini first, quite rightly, and from the sparkling overture onwards the evening fizzes by."

    - Mark Valencia for WhatsOnStage


    "Dane Lam led the City of London Sinfonia in a lively account of the score, eschewing an over-romantic rendition in favour of a leaner, commendably precise reading."

    -Alexander Campbell for Classical Source


    "The score for Cenerentola is no push over with its hectic speeds, complex ensembles and coloratura show pieces. Australian conductor Dane Lam sails through them all with aplomb, achieving high standards of musicianship from the City of London Sinfonia, Opera Holland Park chorus and soloists."

    - Howard Shepherdson for Limelight


    "Director and designers are superbly partnered by conductor Dane Lam, who exhibits an intuitive feeling for the Rossinian idiom matched by a confident baton technique. Though Rossini and his librettist Jacopo Ferretti cannot avoid some musical and dramatic longeurs as they go through the dramma giocoso motions, Lam keeps the musical momentum swinging. The Rossinian accelerandos are perfectly geared up, the crescendos expertly flared. The left-handed Lam’s confidence gave punch and brilliance to the score and he was well-served by his woodwind players who bubbled along with a sensitive ear open to what was going on behind them. All the details were pin-pointed, but there was never any hint of fussiness, or bombast."

    -Claire Seymour for Opera Today


    "And bringing all this together with a careful eye for the singers was Dane Lam, who conducted with a splendidly light touch."

    -Mark Ronan for Mark Ronan





    Australia and New Zealand representation

    Dane joins the roster of Patrick Togher Artist Management

    Dane is pleased to join the roster of Patrick Togher Artist Management, one of Australasia's most prestigious classical music and opera agencies, for exclusive representation in Australia and New Zealand. This reflects Dane's ongoing commitment to the musical

    life of his native Australia.


    He will continue to be represented by Peter Hall, at Music Hall Ltd, for General Management.


    For any enquiries relating to Australia and New Zealand please contact: info@patricktogher.com

    Adelaide & Shandong Symphony Orchestras

    Showcasing 'South Australian Cultural Week' in Jinan

    Dane is thrilled to perform with soloists from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with the Shandong Symphony Orchestra in an extraordinary cultural exchange showcasing the South Australian arts scene to the people of Shandong Province. Dane along with soloists Natsuko Yoshimoto (Concertmaster- ASO) and Mark Gaydon (Principal Bassoon - ASO) will perform in the spectacular, Paul Andreu-designed Jinan Grand Theatre

    Making history in Xi'an

    Dane leads a Tosca that is a first for the city of the Terracotta Warriors

    December saw Dane conduct the very first performance of a staged opera in Xi'an with Puccini's Tosca. Assembling a world class team headlined by Antoinette Halloran (Tosca), Diego Torre (Cavaradossi) and Stephen Gadd (Scarpia) they were directed by Rodula Gaitanou with design and lighting design by Simon Corder. This performance was historic for Xi'an, one of the most ancient cities in the world, and was received rapturously by local audiences embracing this new art form.

    La Cenerentola at Opera Holland Park

    Dane to conduct full run of Rossini's sparkling opera in 2016

    Dane is delighted to return to London's iconic summer opera venue to conduct its new production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. He will collaborate with another former Opera Holland Park Christine Collins Young Artist in director, Olly Platt with the mighty City of London Sinfonia in the pit. Performances will run from July 14-30. For further information please visit: http://www.operahollandpark.com/la-cenerentola/


    RNCM International Ambassador

    Dane appointed RNCM International Ambassador

    Manchester, United Kingdom


    Dane is delighted to take on the role of International Ambassador for his alma mater, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester. He will work to promote the excellence of the college in the course of his international travels, particularly in his role as Principal Conductor of the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in China. 



    Dane was the Leverhulme Junior Fellow in Conducting at the RNCM from 2009-2011 and completed the college's prestigious International Artist Diploma at the same time. He is excited to help forge even stronger links between the RNCM and its international partners, especially in the rapidly-growing classical music sector of China.


    Dane joins the roster of Musichall



    Dane is pleased to announce he is joining the roster of international artist management agency, Musichall, for worldwide general management, effective immediately. He is delighted to be in the company of such esteemed musical colleagues and looks for to an exciting collaboration. 



    For further information please see the Musichall website

    Please direct all further enquiries to Peter Hall: peter@musichall.uk.com

    Opera Holland Park

    Dane returns as Associate Conductor for performances of Aida and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    London, United Kingdom


    After a successful 2014 season with London's premier summer opera festival, Dane will reprise his role as Associate Conductor at Opera Holland Park for its 2015 season. He is looking forward to tackling the operatic summit of Aida in July followed by Will Todd's much-loved, critically acclaimed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in August. 



    For performance details please see the 'Concerts' section.

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    Dane appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China's Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    Xi'an, China


    Young Australian conductor, Dane Lam, has been appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. Currently enjoying a career in the UK and Europe, the Xi’an appointment is Lam’s debut in the vibrant Asian region. Lam will conduct subscription concerts, opera in concert, family concerts as well as Pops and lighter classics. He will also advise on the orchestra’s overall artistic development and its place at the cultural heart of this ancient city.

    “China is one of the most exciting places in the world for classical music. There is a great and growing hunger for music and the arts in this new yet ancient culture. Xi’an is a particularly vibrant city to be leading an important cultural organisation such as the XSO; home of the Terracotta Warriors, the starting point of the Silk Road, and one of the ancient capitals of China, it is a city steeped in history and culture. I hope to continue this cultural legacy with the XSO, exploring the masterworks of our common musical heritage as well as providing a platform for Chinese musicians and composers. As a young Australian of Chinese heritage, I am conscious of the important role China plays in our region and in the global community, not only in the arts, and I relish the prospect of contributing to the cultural life of this great city and proud nation.”

    Born in Brisbane to an Australian mother and Chinese father, Dane Lam has quickly established himself as an exciting, energetic musical talent since making his debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen. Equally at home on the concert platform as in the opera house, he has conducted orchestras and opera companies on four continents including the Melbourne and Queensland symphony orchestras, Manchester Camerata, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Beethovenorchester Bonn, the Juilliard Orchestra, Opera Holland Park and Opera Queensland.

    Lam is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Queensland as well as being a former Junior Fellow in Conducting of the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a former assistant conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France and Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He will assume his position in Xi’an in October 2014.


  • Calendar

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    11 March 2017, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 2

    Beethove, Triple Concerto

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'


    Yang Xiaoyu, violin

    Yang Mang, cello

    Cao Peng, Piano

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    25 March 2017, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Opera Gala


    Elizabeth Karani, soprano

    Emma Stannard, mezzo soprano

    Elgan Llyr Thomas, tenor

    Daniel Shelvey, baritone

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    8 April 2017, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Beethoven, Prometheus Overture

    Tchaikovsky, violin concerto

    Sibelius, Symphony No. 1


    Zhijioing Wang, violin

    Opera Holland Park

    3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 June 2017, 7.15pm, *2pm matinee

    Opera Holland Park, London, UK

    W.A. Mozart, Don Giovanni


    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    22 July 2017, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Beethoven, Egmont Overture

    Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto

    Mozart, Symphony No. 41 ' Jupiter'


    Paloma So, violin

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    5 August 2017, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'


    Nikolai Demidenko, piano

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    12 - 25 September, 2016, 2.00 PM

    Xi'an China

    Anatomy of the Orchestra

    Introducing university students to the XSO on campuses throughout the city

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    24 September 2016, 7.30 PM

    Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an China

    XSO Annual Outdoor Concert

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, I.

    Mendlessohn, Symphony No. 4 'Italian', I.

    Swan Lake, Excerpts

    Khachaturian, Sabre Dance

    Disney Favourites


    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    21 October, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite

    Haydn, Trumpet Concerto

    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

    Trumpet, Brent Grapes

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    28 October, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Prokofiev, Excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet'

    Shostakovich, Hamlet Film Suite

    Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    November 11, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Mozart, Arias from 'The Magic Flute'

    Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

    Mahler, Symphony No. 4

    Soprano, Milica Ilic

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    19 November, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Monteverdi Toccata from 'Orfeo'

    Beethoven, Coriolan Overture

    Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Bright Sheng, Prelude and Black Swan (after Brahms)

    Copland, Appalachian Spring

    Kunming Ni Er Symphony Orchestra

    25 November, 2016, 8.00 PM

    Chuncheng Theatre, Kunming, China

    Beethoven, Violin Concerto

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'


    Violin, Zhijong Wang

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    16 & 18 December, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro

    Figaro, Ben McAteer

    Susanna, Milica Ilic

    Countess Almaviva, Kate Ladner

    Count Almaviva, Grant Doyle

    Cherubino, Samantha Price


    Director, Greg Eldridge

    De Dutch Don't Dance Divison/ Het Residentie Orkest

    27th & 28th December 2016, 2.00pm/7.30 PM

    Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Carl Davis, Alice in Winter Wonderland

    Queensland Symphony Orchestra

    9 February, 2017, 7.30 PM

    QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Australia

    Program includes music from:
    Li, Spring Festival Overture
    Litolff, Scherzo
    Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia
    Rimsky-Korsakov, The Golden Cockerel
    Mussorgsky, "Pictures at an Exhibition"


    Piano. Piers Lane

    Violin, Zoe Black

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    26 March, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Carl Vine, 'V'

    Schumann, Piano Concerto

    Schubert, Symphony No. 9 'The Great'

    Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Shandong Symphony Orchestra 

    8 April, 2016, 7.30 PM

    Jinan Grand Theatre, Jinan, China 

    Wanchun, Festival Overture

    Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto (Natsuko Yoshimoto, violin)

    Mozart, Bassoon Concerto (Mark Gaydon, bassoon)

    Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    15 April, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Williams, Star Wars Suite

    Holst, The Planets

    Opera Holland Park

    July 14, 16, 20, 22, 27, 30, 2016, 7.30 PM

    Opera Holland Park, London

    Rossini, La Cenerentola

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    14 February, 2016, 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Valentine's Day Concert

    The Music of Joe Hisaishi

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    26 & 28 August 2016, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Puccini, Tosca

    Tosca: Antoinette Halloran

    Cavaradossi: Diego Torre

    Scarpia: Stephen Gadd


    Director: Rodula Gaitanou

    Designer & Lighting Designer: Simon Corder


    The Chinese-Australian conductor, Dane Lam, Principal Conductor of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a career spanning three continents. With a particularly close relationship with London’s Opera Holland Park, he is equally at home in the theatre as on the concert platform. Dane made his debut, aged only eighteen, with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and has since conducted an array of leading international orchestras and opera companies including: the Queensland, Dunedin, Kunming, and Shandong Symphony Orchestras, Müchner Rundfunkorchester, Het Residentie Orkest, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, South Bank Sinfonia, Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10 (RLPO new music ensemble), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and Opera Queensland.


    Since first conducting for Opera Holland Park in 2014, Dane has returned to the festival each season. His London mainstage debut with OHP’s La Cenerentola attracted widespread critical acclaim with Hugh Canning in Opera Magazine writing that, “he was able to get the kind of precision that one expects from a top Italian maestro in this repertoire.” Apart from La Cenerentola, Dane has also conducted performances of various operas at OHP including Aida, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Norma and the family opera, Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


    In his other musical home, the ancient city of Xi’an, the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra has grown under Dane’s leadership. Since assuming the post of Principal Conductor in 2014, XSO’s classical subscription offering has almost doubled while attendance has increased commensurately. He led the very first staged, professional opera in this 3000-year-old city with Tosca in 2015 and Le nozze di Figaro in 2016 while raising the artistic standard and profile of the orchestra to attract such artists as Jose Carreras, Sumi Jo, Midori Goto, and Yundi Li. Dane conducted the XSO at the 2016 CCTV1 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala which was televised live around China and internationally to an audience exceeding one billion views while presiding over a period of financial security for the organisation and forging international partnerships. Moreover, Xi’an has seen important premieres during Dane’s tenure including the first Mahler Symphony (Symphony No. 4) in 2016 as well as the city’s first cycle of Beethoven Symphonies in 2017.


    The 2016/17 season sees Dane return to Xi’an for a full season of concerts including the aforementioned Beethoven Cycle and a Gala Concert with Sumi Jo; his return to Opera Holland Park for a new production of Don Giovanni; performances of La Traviata with Scottish Opera; his ballet debut with Carl Davis’s Alice’s Adventures in Winter Wonderland with De Dutch Don’t Dance Division and Het Residentie Orkest; and a Chinese New Year Gala with Dane’s home town orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.


    Born in Brisbane, Australia to an Australian mother and a Singaporean-Chinese father, Dane played piano, clarinet, and saxophone as a child, gaining entrance to the University of Queensland where he studied conducting under Gwyn Roberts. As an alumnus of Symphony Services Australia’s Conductor Development Program Dane conducted most of Australia’s professional ensembles before the age of twenty and was propelled into an assistantship with Gianluigi Gelmetti, then Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony and Teatro dell’opera di Roma. As part of this assistantship, Dane led the Sydney Symphony on tour as well as in the Sydney Opera House as well as spending three summers studying at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Dane attained his Masters from The Juilliard School on a full scholarship under James DePreist before undertaking a highly-successful Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music under Sir Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.


    Previously, Dane was Assistant Conductor to the Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France; and a Young Artist with Opera Queensland. He is an International Ambassador of the Royal Northern College of Music and currently divides his time between London, Xi’an, and Brisbane.

  • Past Performances

    Opera Holland Park

    July 8, 2015, 7.30 PM

    Opera Holland Park, London

    Verdi, Aida

    Opera Holland Park

    July 10, 2015, 7.30 PM

    Opera Holland Park, London

    Verdi, Aida


    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    Opera Holland Park

    July 23, 2015, 4.00 PM

    Yucca Lawn, Holland Park, London

    Will Todd & Maggie Gottlieb, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    Opera Holland Park

    July 28, 2015, 4.00 PM

    Yucca Lawn, Holland Park, London

    Will Todd & Maggie Gottlieb, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    Opera Holland Park

    August 1, 2015, 4.00 PM

    Yucca Lawn, Holland Park, London

    Will Todd & Maggie Gottlieb, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    September 13, 2015 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Glinka, Rusland and Ludmila Overture

    Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto. No. 2

    Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain

    Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite


    Cao Peng, Piano

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    September 26, 2015, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Xian Xinghai, Yellow River Cantata


    Guo Yu, Soprano

    Zhou Wei, Baritone

     Xi'an Symphony Chorus

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    October 16, 2015 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Debussy, Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"

    Ravel, Piano Concerto in G

    Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1

    Elgar, Enigma Variations


    Shi Xiao Ya, Piano

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    October 23rd, 2015 7.45 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 1

    Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

    Brahms Symphony No. 1

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    December 18, 2015, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an China

    Puccini, Tosca

    Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

    December 30, 2015, 7.30 PM

    Xi'an Concert Hall, Xi'an, China

    Viennese New Year's Gala














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