Countertenor Keith Pun began his vocal studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Music where he earned his Masters in Vocal Performance. He is currently under Opera Works at the English National Opera. He studies with Lawrence Zazzo and Russell Smythe.
Keith Pun has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Gemma Bertagnolli, Michael Chance, and Eiddwen Harrhy, and during 2012 studied at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.
His previous concert engagements have included Buxtehude Membra Jesu and Handel Israel in Egypt with Jonathan Cohen in Hong Kong as well as Messiah and Pergolesi Stabat Mater in the UK. He also has performed lute song recitals at venues in London such as the National Gallery.
His opera roles have included Spirit in Dido and Aeneas and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare with James Conway and Jonathan Peter Kenny. He also performed as the slave boy Liù in Reimagined Turandot in London and Portsmouth with Jonathan Man and Ruth Chan. Last summer he performed in In bocca al lupo with Nicholas Achten and Luigi De Angelis in Belgium. He has played Orfeo, Medoro, Tirinto in Orfeo ed Euridice, Orlando and Imeneo respectively in scenes.
In the 2015/16 season, Keith Pun will perform the title role of L'Orfeo at Operadagen Rotterdam. He will also cover the role of Oberon in A Fairy Queen under direction of Christian Curnyn and Timothy Nelson at Iford Arts Festival as New Generation Artist.
Ryaan Ahmed (lute guidance)
Ryaan Ahmed plays lute, theorbo, and guitar, and works as a soloist, continuo player, and vocal coach. He lives in London, England and works throughout the United States and Europe. Ryaan holds a Masters degree in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Paul O'Dette and coached with Christel Thielmann. As an undergraduate, Ryaan directed the Harvard Early Music Society and was a member of the Erwin Bodky Award-winning Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra.
As a masters student, Ryaan was the assistant for the Eastman Collegium Musicum and taught lute lessons to guitar majors and continuo lessons for harp and guitar students. This past season, Ryaan served as the Musical Assistant for the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival and worked on the production of all three Monteverdi operas. He appeared as a recital soloist in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Chicago and as part of the Pegasus Rising series in Rochester, NY and performed the Monteverdi Vespers with Pegasus Early Music under the direction of Paul O'Dette. He was assistant music director to Tim Nelson at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
Highlights of Ryaan's 2015-2016 season include appearances with the Newberry Consort in Chicago, with Welsh National Opera, at the Festival International d'Orgue de Fribourg, and as music director of a new, interdisciplinary production with director Giselle Ty at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
Keith Pun & Ryaan Ahmed Lute song recital.
A shepherd in a shade
Awake, sweet love
Flow my tears
In darkness let met dwell
Time stands still
Ah! how sweet it is to love
An Evening Hymn
The cares of lovers
The earth trembled
The fatal hour comes on apace
Music for a while
Not all my torments
Sweeter than roses