Reuben Lai is a graduate of Alexander Gibson Opera School at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). He was a recipient of the Chevron Texaco scholarship as well as the first Singaporean who is a Samling Scholar.
He has performed extensively in the UK, where he was previously based, and was also a member of the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In the UK, he was described by Opera magazine as a “first-rate tenor…” for his role in Prokofieff’s “L’amour des trios oranges”, and received praise for his role as Lenski and in the Chevalier de la Force in Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”.
Since returning to Singapore, Reuben has sung with the major classical music companies including Singapore Lyric Opera, Opera Viva, New Opera Singapore, The Opera People, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Braddell Heights Orchestra, and Red Dot Baroque amongst others.
In 2015 he co-founded L’arietta Productions with Akiko Otao and is also an adjunct at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Lasalle College of the Arts and the School of the Arts (SOTA).