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.
Lucas Meachem “shines” in Fedora | Metropolitan Opera
It’s been 14 years since the Metropolitan Opera performed Giordano’s Fedora. This exquisite opera contains some of the most stunning music from its time and I was so privileged to step in and sing De Siriex. Dwayne Croft, one of my vocal heroes, performed it last and to humbly attempt to fill in the same shoes was an honor. The role was unknown to me — I had merely one week’s notice to learn and memorize it, yet when I entered rehearsals alongside a formidable cast and director in Sir David MacVicar, the character became clear to me and I was ready. Our Met HD broadcast was a musical triumph if I do say so myself. The orchestra under Maestro Marco Armiliato was superb in capturing the rich textures of the score. Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Rosa Feola were a dream to sing with. Thank you for having me, New York.
“Meachem was a solid, dignified presence as De Siriex, a character who handles a fair amount of plot exposition, singing with handsome tone.” – Opera News
“In the midst of the dramatic turbulence, McVicar inserted some lighter, almost comic touches, all courtesy of Rosa Feola’s Olga and Lucas Meachem’s De Siriex.” “Physically and vocally commanding, Meachem sang of Russian women with aplomb in ”La donna russa è femmina due volte”. – Financial Times
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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.”
“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.”
“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”
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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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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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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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Lucas Meachem in Thaïs: "Voilà donc la terrible cité!"
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