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.

“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 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.

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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

His baritone is an instrument of striking finish, smooth and solid throughout its range. He is a masterful musician.

Opera News

Grammy® Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem, one of the most accomplished, in-demand singers of the moment, continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his “earnest, appealing baritone” (The New York Times). The “rock star of opera” (Opera Pulse) begins his 2022/23 season with performances as the title role in Don Giovanni at Ravinia Festival, Escamillo in Carmen with Canadian Opera Company and Marcello in La Bohème with Opéra national de Paris, and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Los Angeles Opera. Rounding out the season with a return to Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at San Francisco Opera, other highlights include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Dallas Opera, and guest soloist appearances with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, and San Francisco Opera.

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“Exuberantly and resoundingly sung” | Meachem as Escamillo in Toronto

The Canadian Opera Company passionately presented Carmen with a stellar cast and production. J’Nai Bridges, Marcelo Puente, Rihab Chaieb, and Joyce El-Khoury sing this Seville tale and bring this story to musical life. Some of the fantastic reviews of Lucas’ performance are:

“And whoever stuck to their guns in casting Lucas Meachem as Escamillo needs a raise – every gesture, every rattle of his robust baritone seems to say, ‘I’m here for a good time, not a long time.'”

The Globe and Mail

“The flamboyant Escamillo, aptly played by American baritone Lucas Meachem, made an Elvis-like grand entrance surrounded by paparazzi in Act II. Meachem is a vocal powerhouse, and … drew roaring laughters with his every appearance. The opening of Act IV was a boisterous affair with Escamillo, along with vendors, picadors, toreros and banderillos parading down the aisles of the theatre while interacting with the audience. This was a truly fun moment that the audiences clearly enjoyed.”

My Scena

“The night was full of terrific performances. Lucas Meachem, whom you may recall as Marcello from the COC’s 2019 La Boheme, was the best Escamillo I’ve ever seen, singing the role really well while swaggering with all the poise of an Elvis.”

Barcza Blog

“Baritone Lucas Meacham, last heard in Toronto as Marcello in La Bohème, was a very impressive Escamillo, flooding the Four Seasons Centre with his huge, warm baritone and toreador swagger.”

Ludwig Von Toronto

“Baritone Lucas Meachem is the appropriately outrageous, ego-inflated, self-adoring matador, Escamillo. Allons! En garde!

Opera Going Toronto

“…exuberantly and resoundingly sung by American baritone Lucas Meachem … larger-than-life”

Opera Canada



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“Meachem shines in the title role of Nabucco”

“Meachem shines in the title role of Nabucco. His ‘Dio di Giuda!’ in the fourth act was marked by emotion and vocal beauty.” – Kronen Zietung

The opening night of Nabucco at Oper Im Steinbruch was received most favorably by critics and the Austrian public. The highly anticipated night was broadcast on ORF and Lucas Meachem sang the title role of the Babylonian king.



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Lucas Meachem as Germont in La Traviata

Germont at Bayerische Staatsoper

Lucas Meachem steps in to sing Germont in La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany on Sunday, July 3rd. He joins a world-class cast of Lisette Oropesa and Stephen Costello for this added performance to the Bayerische opera season. Please check the website for tickets.



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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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“Exuberantly and resoundingly sung” | Meachem as Escamillo in Toronto
“Meachem shines in the title role of Nabucco”
Lucas Meachem as Germont in La Traviata
Germont at Bayerische Staatsoper
Lucas Meachem, as Don Giovanni
Just announced: Don Giovanni at Ravinia
“Le Nozze di Figaro” at LA Opera in February 2023

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

Minnesota Opera

Lucas Meachem, in Thais
Lucas Meachem, Baritone

Bayerische Staatsoper — München, Germany

La Bohème

as Marcello

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LA Opera — Los Angeles, CA, United States

Le nozze di Figaro

as The Count

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