“American baritone Lucas Meachem is an internationally sought-after performer whose compelling lyric baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to the world’s most important operatic stages…” Lucas grew up in rural North Carolina and pursued his vocal studies at Appalachian State Univeristy, Eastman School of Music, and Yale University. Having spent 8 years in higher education, Lucas continued his training as a young artist at the San Francisco Opera. Within his first professional year as an opera singer, he debuted at 27 years old as “Oreste” in the Chicago Lyric Opera’s Iphigenie en Tauride. The following year, Lucas reached his lifelong goal of singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage by the age of 30 as “General Rayevsky” in Prokofiev’s War and Peace under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Lucas is a lyric baritone, specializing in roles such as “Don Giovanni”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, and “Wolfram”. Lucas keeps a constant circuit of the best American and European opera houses but when he puts his gypsy feet up, he returns to Minneapolis where he lives with his wife, pianist Irina Meachem. An avid basketball player, Lucas keeps a healthy lifestyle getting competitive on the court.