Critical acclaim for La Cenerentola

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

    London, United Kingdom


    Reviews from Summer 2016 ffor 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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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


    Australian conductor Dane Lam is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China's Xi'an Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed by Limelight magazine as “one of the most talented young conductors Australia has produced” and by the Manchester Evening News as “a master of rhythmic and articulatory complexities”, he has earned a reputation as an electrifying musician in a large and varied repertoire. Prior to Xi'an Dane had highly-acclaimed tenures as Principal Conductor of
    the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra; Associate Conductor with Opera Holland Park; and was Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France and the Leverhulme Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music.


    First appearing with the Sydney Symphony in the Sydney Opera House at age eighteen, Dane has since conducted orchestras on four continents including the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, Manchester Camerata, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and Juilliard Orchestra. 


    Born to an Australian mother and Chinese father, Dane's appointment to the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in 2014 is historic, as he is one of the only conductors born outside of China to hold such a position. He will spend several weeks each year in Xi'an, based in its state-of-the-art Concert Hall, exploring the core symphonic repertory, opera, as well as film and traditional Chinese symphonic music. 


    2014/15 sees Dane conducting Aida at Opera Holland Park as well as a full season of symphonic concerts with the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include La traviata, Beethoven's Emperor with Yundi Li, and Brahms' First Symphony.


    In recent seasons Dane has conducted Opera Holland Park's productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Norma, RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin), Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, Oxford University Orchestra, British Youth Opera’s The Bartered Bride and Paul Bunyan, and RNCM Opera’s La Clemenza di Tito and Carmen. He made his German début with the Munich Radio Orchestra and his Royal Festival Hall début with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of London Music Masteres' Bridge Program. He has conducted in Asia with the Hokkaido Chamber Players in Sapporo’s Kitara Hall and also toured the continent as assistant conductor with the Orchestre National de France. Dane made his New Zealand debut with Dunedin’s Southern Sinfonia to which he has returned on numerous occasions and returned to his native Australia to tour with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He led the world première season of Jonathan Henderson’s opera Dirty Apple with Opera Queensland, a company with which Dane was a Young Artist until 2009. Additionally, Dane was among a select group of conductors chosen by Masur to study with him in masterclasses in New York, Verbier and Bonn.


    Music education and the nurturing of young talent comprise an integral part of Dane’s mission as an artist. As well as presenting a full season of concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he also conducts at the Junior RNCM. Other educational projects have taken him to Leeds College of Music and the Southwark Youth Orchestra. While studying at Juilliard, Dane was proud to be Conductor of the Music Advancement Program - an initiative of the Juilliard School offering a conservatory-quality music education to children of deprived and minority backgrounds throughout New York City. 


    Born into a musical family, Dane began to play the piano as a child, followed by studies in clarinet. He was first introduced to conducting through the Symphony Australia Conductor Programme who noted his talent and nurtured his development. After completing his study at the University of Queensland under Gwyn Roberts, Dane was accepted, aged only twenty-two, as a postgraduate student under James DePreist, at New York’s Juilliard School.


    Distinguished conductors such as Christopher Seaman, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and Sir Mark Elder, have mentored Dane over the years. As assistant to Gelmetti, Dane had the opportunity to conduct the Sydney Symphony both in concert at the Sydney Opera House and on the orchestra’s Australian Tour. He also studied under Gelmetti at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana. He has participated in masterclasses with Michael Tilson-Thomas, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Martyn Brabbins, David Robertson, Gianandrea Noseda, and Jorma Panula, amongst others, where he has conducted orchestra such as the Hallé Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and Tasmanian Symphony and Adelaide Symphony.











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