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 exploration of French music. Meachem stars alongside Marina Rebeka as Thaïs, Giovanni Sala as Nicias, Caterina Sala as Nicias, Anna-Doris Capitelli as Myrtale, Valentina Pluzhnikova as Albine, Federica Guida as Charmeuse, Insung Sim as Palémon, and Jorge Martínez as the Servant.
“He did not demerit, far from him, at his side, the good baritone Lucas Meachem, in the more than demanding role of Athanaël; beautiful voice, wide, sound. An incisive accent and interpreter always attentive to the musical and psychological needs of his character, he offered a portrait of the tormented cenobite of convincing importance, both vocally and scenically.”I treatri de est
“His performance is a crescendo, rising to a truly engaging and highly effective ending.”Opera Gazet
“Lucas Meachem is busy with the most impressive performance of the evening”Opera Online
“fine timbre and a voice capable of changing colors and expression”Premiere Loge
“Baritone Lucas Meachem was a passionate Athanaël, confident in his faith yet suddenly bewildered in front of Thaïs’ charms.”The Opera Critic