Reuben Lai studied at the Guildhall in London under David Pollard and Paul Farrington and
with Peter Alexander Wilson and Stephen Robertson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music
and Drama with the generous assistance of Chevron-Texaco, the National Arts Council
(Singapore) and the RSAMD Postgraduate Fund. He is the first Singaporean to be chosen for the
prestigious Samling scholarship and participated in public and private masterclasses at the Sage,
Gatehead in Newcastle with Sir Thomas Allen and Isobel Buchanan.
As a performer, he has worked with many groups both locally and in the UK. Reuben was a full
time member of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus where he was covered roles as well. In
Singapore he has sung with groups as diverse as the SSO to Braddell Heights Symphony and
worked with many local musicians on big and small projects. He has also recently founded a
chamber opera company L’arietta Productions with soprano Akiko Otao and they have produced 3
critically acclaimed contemporary chamber operas.
As an educator, Reuben has been involved in training choirs for many years as well as providing
voice training for groups like the National University of Singapore Choir. He is currently in
demand as a singing teacher and workshop clinician beside his work as an adjunct teacher in the
School of the Arts and a lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.