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, three role debuts, and performances with Opéra national de Paris, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Meachem opened the 2019-20 San Francisco Opera season singing Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. He then stepped in to sing the title role of Don Govanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago, a role he previously sung at San Francisco Opera, Semperoper Dresden, and Glyndebourne. Meachem was received with great acclaim: “…a career performance by a singer who is clearly revealed as one of the finest Don Giovanni’s of our era” (Chicago Classical Review). He then followed with his Escamillo debut at Teatro Regio di Torino’s production of Carmen, and then added another role to his repertoire as Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He continued his season in his “signature role for good reason” (Opera News) as Figaro in The Dallas Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and made his role debut as Rodrigo with The Dallas Opera in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Meachem closes his season at Opéra national de Paris performing Marcello in La bohéme.
A regular performer across Europe, Meachem has performed the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Den Norske Opera; the title role in Britten’s Billy Budd at Opéra National de Paris; as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Royal Opera House; Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan under the baton of Seiji Ozawa; the title role in Eugene Onegin with Komische Oper Berlin and Opéra national de Montpellier; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at Bilbao Opera; with the Teatro Real de Madrid in the world premiere of El Viaje a Simorgh, Frank/Fritz in Die Tote Stadt, as well as Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride; and a European tour with Anna Netrebko as Robert in Iolanta with 11 performances at Europe’s most important musical centers and venues including Vienna, Munich, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam.
Born in North Carolina, Lucas Meachem studied music at Appalachian State University, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University before becoming an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.