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 condensed 2020-21 season includes returns to Opéra national de Paris, The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Dallas Opera for his role debut as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and the world premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Meachem begins his season in the wake of the COVID pandemic this December where he will sing the role of Escamillo in Carmen at Opéra National de Paris, followed by a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Marcello in La Bohème in Zeffirelli’s iconic production. An advocate for new music, Meachem will then premiere the new opera by composer Joby Tallbot and librettist Gene Scheer as the French quadriplegic inspiration, Jean Dominique-Bauby in The Diving Bell and The Butterfly at The Dallas Opera. He then debuts the role of Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo at The Dallas Opera under the musical direction of Emmanuel Villaume. Meachem closes his season in his “signature role for good reason,” (Opera News) as Figaro in San Francisco Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Named the winner of San Francisco Opera’s inaugural “Emerging Star of the Year” Award in 2016, notable performances in Meachem’s American career include marking his 50th role debut as Athanaël in Thaïs (Minnesota Opera), Chorèbe in Les Troyens, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Valentin in Faust at Chicago Lyric Opera; Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fritz/Frank in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt at San Francisco Opera; General Rayevsky in Prokofiev’s War & Peace, Robert in Iolanta, Marcello in La bohéme, Silvio in Pagliacci, and Mercutio in Roméo and Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera; Don Giovanni with Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Opera Cincinnati Opera; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Florida Grand Opera; Germont in La traviata at Washington National Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia at San Diego Opera, Opera Colorado, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera where he also gave his Grammy® Award-winning performance of Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles.