(Raleigh, North Carolina)
2016–17 Season: Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale
American baritone Lucas Meachem most recently appeared at San Francisco Opera as Figaro in 2015’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. A former Adler Fellow and Merola Opera Program alumnus, Meachem’s other Company engagements include the title roles of Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Fritz and Frank (Die Tote Stadt), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), and roles in La Forza del Destino, Billy Budd, Doktor Faust, and The Magic Flute for Kids. Highlights of his 2014–15 season include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Silvio (Pagliacci) at the Hollywood Bowl with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel; Silvio in his return to the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of Pagliacci; a new production for his role debut as Corigliano's Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles with Los Angeles Opera; the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Marcello (La Bohème) at London's Royal Opera House; and a European revival tour of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with soprano Anna Netrebko. A frequent collaborator with Lyric Opera of Chicago, he has appeared as Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Valentin (Faust), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream ) and Marcello. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as General Rayevsky (War & Peace) and returned as Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette). A regular performer across Europe, Meachem has appeared with Vienna State Opera as the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Opéra National de Paris as the title role in Billy Budd; Bayerische Staatsoper as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro); Teatro Real de Madrid in the world premiere of El Viaje a Simorgh by José María Sánchez-Verdúand; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), which was released on DVD on the Opus Arte label; the title role in Eugene Onegin with Opéra National de Montpellier; and the title role in Don Giovanni with the Glyndebourne Festival.