Shall We Gather, solo album by Lucas Meachem, showing Lucas and Irina Meachem sitting in a dark theatre.

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Grammy-Winning Baritone Lucas Meachem Releases First-Ever Solo Album, Shall We Gather

A Collection of American Art Songs Celebrating Resilience and Togetherness.

Performed with his wife, pianist Irina Meachem, Shall We Gather is an emotional and heartfelt plea for a better, more tolerant world, through 15 art songs that offer a vision of America’s truly rich national character. Lucas Meachem says, “With these songs, I hope to offer a bit of hope for what truly makes us come together: our belief in the good of humanity and love for our neighbor.”

All Proceeds to Benefit the Meachem’s Perfect Day Music Foundation

With these songs, I hope to offer a bit of hope for what truly makes us come together: our belief in the good of humanity and love for our neighbor.

Lucas Meachem

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“There is much to enjoy in Lucas Meachem’s first solo album, ‘Shall We Gather,’ a plea for togetherness in a divided country. Meachem’s voice—a substantial and propulsive lyric baritone with pillowy edges—records beautifully.”

The New Yorker

All of the proceeds from Shall We Gather will go to the Meachems’ Perfect Day Music Foundation, a non-profit promoting diversity in classical music, to fund projects such as the Perfect Day Competition, which encourages young musicians to share through social media works by composers and poets who have been historically excluded.

“We gather to assert what unites us. In most of the songs presented here, observations about Americanness are implicit. Each lifts a particular moment, a facet of our collective character, highlighting our aspirations to resilience, care, humor, strength, justice, and so forth, the many qualities and beliefs that tie us together. That sentiment is made explicit by the first song on the album, Gene Scheer’s American Anthem. It asserts that what connects us as Americans is not some innate, unquestionable exceptionalism. Instead, we are gathered by a constant striving toward a more just and equal society, pursued through actions large and small. It is a gathering whose power is derived from its hopefulness and the commitment we make to ourselves to give our all to improve ourselves. And the warm embrace of that hopefulness is perhaps enough of a balm to tie us together until we can all gather safely and uncomplicatedly again.”

Dan Ruccia
Composer and arts critic

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Lucas Meachem, Baritone, dramatically-lit and wearing a tuxedo in an empty theatre, looking off to the left.
  1. Gene Scheer (arr. Lee Musiker) – American Anthem
  2. Arthur Farwell – “Song of the Deathless Voice” from Three Indian Songs
  3. William Grant Still (text by Leroy V. Brant) – Grief
  4. Kurt Weill – “Beat! Beat! Drums!” from Four Walt Whitman Songs
  5. John Musto (text by Langston Hughes) – “Litany” from Shadow of the Blues
  6. Richard Hageman (text by Franklin P. Adams) – The Rich Man
  7. Florence Price (text by Louise C. Wallace) – Night
  8. Jake Heggie (text by Gene Scheer) – “That Moment On” from Pieces of 9/11
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  9. Carrie Jacob-Bonds (arr. Irina Meachem/Steve White) – A Perfect Day
  10. Traditional (arr. Steve White) – Oh, Shenandoah
  11. Traditional (arr. Charles Ives) – In The Mornin’
  12. Ricky Ian Gordon – We Will Always Walk Together
  13. Stephen Foster – Hard Times Come Again No More
  14. Aaron Copland – “The Boatman’s Dance” from Old American Songs
  15. Aaron Copland (text by Robert Lowry) – “At The River” from Old American Songs
Lucas Meachem, Baritone

A clear baritone whose fragments can pierce the soul, Lucas Meachem has it all.

Forum Opera

Grammy® Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem is one of the most accomplished, in-demand singers of the moment, captivating audiences around the world with his “earnest appealing baritone” (The New York Times) and “commanding presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). “A rock star of opera” (Opera Pulse), Meachem’s 2019-20 season includes a house debut at Teatro Regio di Torino, four role debuts, and performances with Opéra national de Paris, Dallas Opera, Prague Philharmonia, San Francisco Opera, and Chicago Lyric Opera.

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Lucas Meachem, as Don Giovanni

Just announced: Don Giovanni at Ravinia

Coming this summer to the Ravinia Festival, Lucas Meachem will be singing in a stellar cast with Maestro James Conlon at the baton. For two performances, the Illinois audience will hear Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Nicole Car, Craig Colclough, and more amazing singers interpret this pinnacle of Mozart opera. For tickets, please visit the Ravinia Festival website. Performances are on August 11th and 13th, 2022.



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“Le Nozze di Figaro” at LA Opera in February 2023

Lucas joins the cast of LA Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for the 2022-2023 season. Conducted by Music Director James Conlon, performances are scheduled for February 4 to 26, 2023.

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Teatro Alla Scala Debut as Athanaël in “Thaïs”

Lucas Meachem makes his Teatro alla Scala house debut as Athanaël in a new Olivier Py production of Jules Massenet’s Thaïs on February 10, 16, 19, 22, 25, and March 2, 2022. Only the second presentation of the opera in Teatro alla Scala’s history, and the first in 80 years, Thaïs continues conductor Lorenzo Viotti’s […]

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“La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera

Lucas performs as Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera January 9, 13, 18, and 22. “Lucas Meachem’s Marcello is one of the best in the business. His voice is resounding, huge, but warm.” Broadway World “a forceful Marcello” The New York Times “Lucas Meachem deftly embodied the trusty friend and lovesick painter. […]

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“La Bohème” at Teatro Real in Madrid CAST CHANGE

Dear all, my holiday season was spent in the wintery scene of the Latin Quarter of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Teatro Real in Madrid. The cast was sensational with Ermonela Jaho, Michael Fabiano, and Ruth Iniesta. We sang 6 amazing performances. Unfortunately, the final three were canceled due to the ongoing sixth wave of COVID-19. I myself tested positive and experienced mild symptoms. I was so sad to not be able to perform for the beloved audience of Madrid. Thank you to the amazing team for trying their very best to put this show on its feet and thank you for everyone’s continued patience during this turbulent time. I’m thankful for the scientific community for keeping us as safe as possible while being able to preserve what values to us most: our art, our passion, our lifestyle.



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Lucas Meachem, as Don Giovanni
Just announced: Don Giovanni at Ravinia
“Le Nozze di Figaro” at LA Opera in February 2023
Teatro Alla Scala Debut as Athanaël in “Thaïs”
“La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera
“La Bohème” at Teatro Real in Madrid CAST CHANGE

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Lucas Meachem in Thaïs: "Voilà donc la terrible cité!"

Minnesota Opera

Lucas Meachem, in Thais
Lucas Meachem, Baritone

Oper im Steinbruch — Steinbruch, Austria

Nabucco

as Nabucco

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Ravinia Festival — Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Don Giovanni

as Don Giovanni

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