Lucas Meachem Baritone

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Born in North Carolina, Lucas Meachem studied music at Appalachian State University, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University before becoming an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. 

Named the winner of San Francisco Opera’s inaugural “Emerging Star of the Year” Award in 2016, he has performed Athanaël in Thaïs at the Minnesota Opera, Valentin in Faust at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the title-roles in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) The Barber of Seville at the Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera, where he also performed Figaro (The Ghosts of Versailles), for which he won a Grammy® Award. 

In Europe, Meachem has performed with the Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals, the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, the Komische Oper, Berlin, the Teatro Real, Madrid… 

Recent performances include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Marcello (La Bohème) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the title-role in Nabucco at the Oper im Steinbruch (Austria), and his debut at La Scala in Milan as Athanaël. In March 2020, he and his wife, pianist Irina Meachem, arranged a live-streamed program from the Dallas Opera. The concert amassed more than 25,000 views on social media. 

Season 2022/23 sees him as Don Giovanni at the Ravinia Festival, Escamillo (Carmen) with the Canadian Opera Company, Marcello at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Los Angeles Opera. Season will end with the revival of Sharpless at the San Francisco Opera. Other highlights include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at the Dallas Opera and appearances as guest soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. 

His first solo album “Shall We Gather”, featuring his wife at the piano, was released in September 2021 under Rubicon Records.

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023

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