Lan Rao studied singing in Guangzhou and at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1981 she obtained a scholarship to study in Germany with Arleen Augér, Reiner Hoffmann and Hartmut Höll, and graduated from the Frankfurt Music Academy with a master’s degree. She completed her Singing Master-Diploma with at the Munich Music Academy in 1988. During her studies in Germany, she won first prize at the International Lieder (German song) Competition in Vienna and the Singer’s Achievement Prize for Lieder Competition in Frankfurt/Main.
In 2008 she performed Mozart’s Requiem with the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vatican of Rome, and in 2010 was presented the “Best Art Directing Teacher Award” at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Since moving to Hong Kong in 2007, Lan Rao has been appointed as Artist-in-Residence by the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong and became a Visiting Professor. Besides actively conducting Master Classes and providing group training to Certificate courses, she is also a Visiting Professor at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, and a designated vocal teacher at various universities in Hong Kong.